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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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Maryport teen Rebecca, 16, loses cancer battle

A Maryport teenager has lost her courageous battle with cancer.

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BOY BAND FAN: Maryport teenager Rebecca Marnock was able to meet JLS

Rebecca Marnock, 16, of Furnace Lane, died last Thursday.

Friends and family are due to pay their last respects today at the town’s St Mary’s Church. Mourners have been asked to wear bright colours to celebrate Rebecca’s life.

Her family have requested donations to the Cash For Kids charity in lieu of flowers.

Rebecca gave her mum, Kerry Carruthers, money to buy flowers for her funeral as she wanted a wreath spelling out JLS – her favourite boy band.

She met them in Scarborough after the band cancelled their Carlisle gig and heard about her disappointment.

Last Tuesday she tried on her prom dress, which had arrived that day.

She also celebrated her 16th birthday with family and friends last month and was delighted with the birth of her niece Ava-Mai seven weeks ago.

Rebecca had fought cancerous tumours since she was 13 but showed an indomitable spirit.

Six months ago she agreed to trial a new drug at London’s Great Ormond Street children’s hospital.

Kerry said her daughter insisted that she be allowed to take part in the trial.

She said: “She told me that if it did not help her it would help some other kid. That is what she was like.”

Rebecca was determined to continue at school, and her family this week paid tribute to the support received from Netherhall School, form teacher Leah Stones and Rebecca’s friends.

The school set aside a special room to which she and her friends could withdraw if she was not well.

The school said she was a “special star” who had left a legacy that most people would never achieve.

Jonathan Johnson, headteacher, said: “Her example of determination and perseverance delivered through an unwavering desire to be in school and in lessons is imprinted on the minds and hearts of the school community.

“There is so much that so many can learn by following her example and we will miss her so very much.

“We are deeply mindful for the family and friends at this tremendously sad time.”

Rebecca leaves behind her mother, father Trevor Marnock, twin brother Mathew, sisters Gemma and Emily and brothers Tyler and Kai.

Her funeral is due to be held at 2pm.

Have your say

Sincere condolences to the family. As a parent myself I cannot even begin to understand how hard it must be for Rebecca's parents right now. But reading this article really has shown how strong and determined she must have been in the face of such a cruel illness and I hope it is her strength and determination that will help her family through this awful time for them. RIP Rebecca

Posted by John on 12 April 2014 at 11:21

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