A young jockey lost her battle with cancer earlier this week, just days before her wedding.
25-year-old Laura Barry, Co. Limerick who was due to tie the knot with Ben Hamilton on Saturday, passed away on Thursday,
In March 2016, Laura was first diagnosed with a Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumour on her L4 nerve duct.
The nerve pain in her leg and foot increased daily in late November due to another tumour on the L5 nerve duct. She was left paralysed from the hip down in her left leg from her latest surgery.
To obtain chemotherapy to prevent the cancer from returning, a GoFundMe page was established; over €46,000 was raised. There was no chemotherapy for her rare form of cancer.
Richard Fahey paid tribute to his former apprentice by sharing a video: So sorry to hear of Laura Barry’s death, aged 25, after battling cancer. Here was one of her proudest moments in the saddle, when winning a competitive sprint handicap at York for Richard Fahey in the summer of 2012 on 33/1 chance Mary’s Daughter.
In a tweet, Racing UK said: “Heartbreaking news that former apprentice Laura Barry has passed away. Our condolences to all her family and friends.”
The PJA also posted a tweet: "Devastating news that talented former Apprentice Jockey Laura Barry has very sadly passed away following a brave battle with illness. Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. RIP Laura.”
Laura crossed the waters to the U.K in 2010 to pursue her career and she experienced major success under the saddle, with achievements including representing Ireland in the HH Sheikh Fatima Bint Mubarak World Apprentice Series in San Francisco; and winning the Prolinx Ladies Silver Championship for the highest strike rate in a season.
Image source: The PJA via Twitter.