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07th Jun 2023

Tributes pour in after Irish cancer campaigner Trina Cleary passes away

Sophie Collins

Tributes have begun pouring in for an Irish cancer campaigner who has passed away.

Trina Cleary was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018, and since then has been helping to raise awareness around the signs and symptoms of the illness.

The heartbreaking news of her death was confirmed in a final social media post written by the Wexford Mum.

In a final post to her Instagram followers announcing her passing, Trina said she had one last request, which was to help her legacy live on.

“Hello beautiful people. If this is being posted then, my time on this earth has come to an end,” the post began.

“Forever 38.”

Trina’s message continued: “I just wanted to leave a final message for all of you beautiful people who have raised me up, cheered me on, supported me, caught me when I fell down & just been there for me as friends from afar & near.

“Thank you. Thank you for everything, thank you for seeing me, thank you for hearing me, thank you for spreading my message & my story, thank you for helping me save lives when I was fighting for my own.

“I have one request. That is that you help my legacy live on. The first of the month – feel it on the first.

“Keep sharing my message. Keep spreading much needed awareness because you never know who is watching. Don’t let my memory or my story die.

“Live your life with no regrets, tick off that life list, make memories, grab life by the balls.

“My body might be gone, but my soul lives on.”

Tributes are being paid online for the brave campaigner. The Irish Cancer Society, who described Trina as “a beacon of positivity and hope.”

“Everybody at the Irish Cancer Society is heartbroken to learn of the passing of Trina Cleary,” they wrote.

“Trina was a truly incredible person. Since her diagnosis in 2018, she was a beacon of positivity and hope, determined to be the voice of cancer patients in Ireland by sharing her story to raise awareness around early detection, the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, whilst promoting body positivity.”


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