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Brave schoolgirl Megan Ogle dies after two-year battle with cancer

Megan Ogle diagnosed with rare form of disease at just 13

By Cate McCurry

An award-winning schoolgirl who organised cancer fundraisers from her sickbed and during gruelling treatment in her battle against an aggressive cancer has died.

Megan Ogle (15) was diagnosed with osteosarcoma - a rare type of bone cancer - at the age of 13, leaving her world full of love for gymnastics and architecture instantly unrecognisable.

The Bangor girl, who died on Wednesday, was crowned Fundraiser of the Year at the Heroes of Youth Awards in May this year for her inspirational efforts to help other cancer sufferers - all while undergoing harrowing treatment for the disease.

Just hours after Megan's death, her brother Connor said: "Hopefully someday cancer gets cancer. No one should have to suffer. Rip sis."

The Glenlola Collegiate pupil came up with fundraising ideas while facing surgery to remove parts of her lungs after the cancer spread.

She was diagnosed in July 2014 and went through a very tough year of intense chemotherapy and three major surgeries.

However, despite extensive treatment, tumours continued to appear on her lungs, meaning further heavy doses of chemotherapy.

After a year out of school and through sheer determination, the teenager achieved her goal by returning to the grammar last year.

In November 2015, she held a coffee morning at her parents' home and raised more than £2,000.

Despite having difficulty getting around as a result of surgery on her leg, Megan organised and took part in a sponsored walk to raise more money last year.

She said at the time: "I wanted to do the coffee morning to give something back to the Children's Cancer Unit Charity.

"I had seen some ideas online and thought that would be a really nice thing to do. I enjoy baking, so I made a few things for the day including cupcakes and buns. I was still partly undergoing treatment for my own cancer when organising the coffee morning, so it was tricky to organise."

A statement released by her school described Megan as a "bright, hard working pupil".

"It is with great sadness that we learned yesterday of the death of our much loved and respected pupil, Megan Ogle," the statement added.

"Megan was a very bright, hard-working and popular pupil who was recently awarded two very special prizes at our awards ceremony. One of these was awarded for her fantastic attitude to overcoming difficulties after major illness since the age of 13, always rising to the challenge and always doing her best.

"The other was in recognition of her dedicated and enthusiastic efforts, often while unwell herself, to raise money for others.

"It was great to see Megan win the Heroes of Youth Fundraiser of the Year Award, and she helped to organise the Year 11 Park Run Charity event in the spring of this year. Money raised was donated to the RVH Children's Cancer Unit Charity.

"Megan was an inspirational young lady who will be very sadly missed by our school community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Megan's family at this time."

The judges who awarded the teen for her fundraising efforts earlier this year said she was a "hero". They added: "Megan blew us away with just how selfless she was in her fundraising. What a thoughtful young girl, thinking of how to help others despite the fact she was going through tough treatment for her cancer.

"Despite having difficulty walking Megan has then gone on to organise a sponsored walk event and took part herself.

"She's brave, courageous and generous of spirit - what a hero to look up to."

Speaking after the presentation, Megan said: "The evening made me feel really good. I was really surprised about it."

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