There were emotional scenes in St. Patrick’s Church, Cloverhill and Ballinderry Cemetery on Monday afternoon as brave cancer care campaigner, Tracey Brennan (33), was laid to rest.
Family, friends and fellow campaigners gathered to celebrate the life of the Cloverhill mother-of-one, who passed away at Galway University Hospital last Friday (10th) following a long and brave battle with cancer.
Having been diagnosed with stage two cancer in 2017 following a smear test, Tracey had campaigned with Galway woman Áine Morgan and Vicky Phelan from Limerick so that the immunotherapy drug Pembrolizumab would be made available to all cervical cancer patients. Tracey was unwavering in her fight to ensure access to the drug.
During their tireless campaign, the group had met with representatives from the HSE and the Department of Health last December. They received word earlier this year that the drug known as Pembro would be made available to cervical cancer patients.
Tracey’s colleagues from Roscommon University Hospital formed a poignant guard of honour as the funeral cortege made its way to St. Patrick’s Church on Monday. The Funeral Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Jerry Lannigan from Donamon, Deacon Sean Talbot and Fr. Raymond Browne, Parish Priest of Fourmilehouse, where Tracey lived with her husband Aidan and three-year-old son Evan.
Tracey is survived by her husband Aidan, son Evan, parents Pauline and MJ, sisters Amanda, Emma and Laura, brothers Michael and Tommie, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, niece, nephew, relatives, extended family, neighbours and friends.