Sorcha Glenn, the young woman who spoke out about raising awareness of cervical cancer, was laid to rest this morning in a Requiem Mass which celebrated her life.
Speaking at the Mass Fr. Chris Ferguson said she was ‘a true friend with a big heart.’
He also said, “Once she had decided on a course of action Sorcha developed tunnel vision.
“She remained totally focused and this was never truer when she was battling her illness. It was Sorcha who was able to carry her family and friends; she was the one who remained strong.
“Sorcha was always thinking of others and in this spirit through her interviews with the Derry Journal and the Mark Patterson show on Radio Foyle highlighted the need for a greater awareness of cervical cancer.”
Diagnosed with cervical cancer aged 22, Sorcha spent the last few months of her life encouraging women to go for screening - and wanted to campaign for a change in the law to revert cervical cancer screening to the age of 20.
Speaking to the ‘Journal’ just two months ago she said, “If anyone has any concerns at all, regardless of what age they are, insist on a smear. In my opinion if a woman wants a smear she should have one - and she shouldn’t have to fight for it.”
In the same interview she continued, “There are only so many times you can ask why?
“And then you have accept you are never going to know why and just get on with it,
“Perhaps the why was just so that I could help other women - to talk about cervical cancer and urge women to go for their smear tests.
“Ten seconds of being uncomfortable is so much better than going through what I am going through, “ she said.
Sorcha is survived by her mother Christina, father Vincent, sister Orlagh, brothers Emmett, Keelin and Cahir, niece Clodagh and partner Matt.
Sky-dive in memory of Sorcha
Sorcha’s friend lauren kyle is due to sky-dive next weekend in aid of the Northern Ireland Cancer fund for children, a charity which helped sorcha with advice and support while she was undergoing treatment.
Sorcha wanted to be there to support her but now Lauren is completing the task in her memory. Already in excess of £1,600 has been raised.
You can donate at www.justgiving.com/Lauren-Kyle2