THE founder of the Cork Cancer Care Centre has passed away after a brief battle with the illness.
Ann Dowley Spillane, the founder of the drop-in centre that offers support group for cancer patients, survivors and their families, has passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family.
“She fought harder than anyone I have ever known as ye all know she would have,” her son Philip said.
“I know everyone is sad but there (are) no tears that could drown the loss, but we as a family we want everyone to mask their tears and replace them with smiles and stories of how she operated and touched everyone, as we all know ye will.”
After undergoing successful treatment for cancer previously, Ms Dowley Spillane announced in September she was battling the illness again.
She founded the Cork Cancer Care Centre, formerly the Girls Club Cork, using her own personal experiences as a patient to create ways to offer hope to people in their darkest hour.
Ms Dowley Spillane was also the brainchild behind the ‘Blankets of Hope’ initiative, that saw more than 10,000 handknitted blankets created by kind-hearted volunteers delivered to cancer patients in Cork.
“Heaven has gained an amazing angel and warrior,” the Centre wrote on social media.
Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.
Ms Dowley Spillane has requested no flowers and donations to be made instead to the Centre.