We are deeply saddened by the death on 20 March 2019 of our friend Laura Brennan and extend our sincere sympathy to her family and friends.
We are forever indebted to Laura for her courage and grace in advocating for the HPV vaccine over the past number of years. Laura became involved with the HPV vaccine campaign at a time when misinformation about the vaccine was at its peak and we had seen a sharp drop in vaccine uptake.
Laura’s positivity throughout her own illness and her willingness to share her own personal story for the good of others resonated so much with parents. Her words offered them reassurance in the midst of their confusion and two short years on, Laura saw the real impact of her work when an uptake rate of 70% was announced by the HSE last week. Her contribution is immeasurable and her legacy will continue way into the future, it will live on in those young girls who have been vaccinated and whose lives will be saved because of Laura.
“Laura was an outstanding advocate for HPV disease prevention. Despite her being so unwell from her disease and its treatment, she continued to advocate for HPV vaccine. Her legacy is long lasting. I am proud that my alma mater UCD and RCPI acknowledged her outstanding word in advocacy. Laura, thank you,” says Professor Mary Horgan, RCPI President.
Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.