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Katherine Neill's inspirational example humbles us all

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Published 30/08/2016

Katherine Neill was determined to enjoy life despite suffering from a rare form of cancer. She died last week at the age of 18
Katherine Neill was determined to enjoy life despite suffering from a rare form of cancer. She died last week at the age of 18

For most teenagers, A-levels represent a pathway to their future, but for terminally-ill Katherine Neill the exams were her future. The Banbridge girl, suffering from cancer and unable to attend school, became an inspiring example to family and friends by passing her driving test, celebrating her 18th birthday and gaining an A and an A* grades in her examinations.

And even in death she leaves a terrific legacy, as donations to a fund in her memory has already raised almost £8,000 for a cancer charity. That money may well help others to win the battle that Katherine could not. It is little wonder that her family, even in their grief, remember her with great pride.

Katherine Neill was determined to enjoy life despite suffering from a rare form of cancer. She died last week at the age of 18
Katherine Neill was determined to enjoy life despite suffering from a rare form of cancer. She died last week at the age of 18

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