Cheshire woman who lost father to Covid hit with devastating diagnosis

A Cheshire woman who lost her father to Covid is hoping for a ‘miracle’ after receiving a devastating diagnosis.

Mary Hassey, from Runcorn, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain tumor in January this year.

The 37-year-old lost her father Fran O’Dwyer, 63, in early 2020 during the first wave of the pandemic.

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Graphic designer Mary, her husband Matty Hassey and eight-year-old son Tommy were once again upset when Mary suddenly fell ill, leading to the discovery of a large brain tumour.

A surgeon was unable to completely remove the tumor, and more devastating news came after a biopsy revealed she had grade four glioblastoma – an aggressive type of cancer, reports ECHO.

Friends said Mary was known for her “infectious smile and laugh, her positivity and her absolute zest for life” as well as the adoration of her family, while her husband Matty said she was a “ray sun” and the “most amazing person I have ever seen”. encounter”.

Relatives and supporters are determined to help Mary and her family.



Mary and Matty Hassey of Runcorn on their wedding day.

His friends Laura McGarry, Samy Phillipson and Stephanie Harris have set up a fundraiser for the Snowdon mountain climb, which will take place on May 1, in hopes of being able to fund more treatment or help the Hasseys in another way.

Launched Saturday, Monday afternoon, the gofundme call had attracted over £5,000 in donations and a long list of comments wishing the family well.

Writing online, Laura, Samy and Stephanie said: “Mary is best known for her infectious smile and laugh, her positivity and her absolute zest for life.

“She is best known for her love for her family, but especially her boys Matty and Tommy.

“Please help, help us help this kind, witty, loyal and wonderfully fierce woman.



Fran O'Dwyer, who died after contracting Covid-19 in 2020, and her daughter Mary Hassey, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain tumor in January.
Fran O’Dwyer, who died after contracting Covid-19 in 2020, and her daughter Mary Hassey, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain tumor in January.

“We are desperate to support this family in any way we can – whether it’s funding further treatment or helping this family in any way we can.

“She is so loved by so many people, and she will absolutely fight against that.”

Writing on social media, Mary’s husband Matty said: ‘The support around us has been phenomenal since day one, and we have far too many people to thank, but you all know who you are.

“There are many bad things in the world, but the love from our family, friends and co-workers is stronger than anything we have witnessed.



Fran O'Dwyer, from Runcorn, who died of Covid-19 during the first wave in 2020.
Fran O’Dwyer, from Runcorn, who died of Covid-19 during the first wave in 2020.

“Mary will be another miracle story, she’s the most amazing person I’ve met, and she’s a ray of sunshine – with a heart of gold. She’ll fight with everything she has for us all.”

He continued, “Tommy and I support her every minute of every day, and our closest loved ones support us every day.

“The best thing that comes out of this beautiful gesture is the amazing stories I get from people living long and happy lives/new treatments/therapies and nutritional diets that will get her through this ordeal.

“The funds will help us explore all of the above so that we make the right choice for her.

“Provided Mary is fit and healthy in May, I will be climbing Snowdon on behalf of both of us.”

Mary’s father, Fran, was a country singer and musician who lived in Runcorn but was originally from County Down in Northern Ireland.

Visit gofundme and search for “Support for lovely Mary, Matty & Tommy Hassey” to support the appeal.