Her family described her as a light in the life of everyone who knew her.

The funeral of Laura Brennan – the leading HPV vaccine campaigner who passed away last week – is set to take place in her home county of Clare today.

The 26-year-old will be laid to rest following a service at Ennis Cathedral at 1pm on Wednesday afternoon. 

Brennan was diagnosed with cervical cancer stage 2B at the age of 24, prompting her to become heavily involved in the campaign to raise awareness of the HPV vaccine to try to save lives.

She appeared in a number of promotional videos on the subject, telling her own story about how she, an ordinary young woman, developed the illness.

"Get the vaccine, it saves lives, it could have saved mine", she said.  

Although she initially went through treatment for the illness, the cancer eventually spread to her lymph nodes.

Subsequent statistics showed an increase of 20% in the uptake of the HPV vaccine in the past two years to 80% because of her many appeals. 

A documentary about her tireless campaigning is also available online for those who were unfamiliar with her work.

Laura Brennan: This Is Me is a four-part documentary following the former sales manager’s life with a terminal illness as she accepted awards that she humbly insisted she didn’t deserve while also receiving immunotherapy treatment.

Tributes poured in for the Clare woman following her passing last week, with Minister for Health Simon Harris, President Michael D Higgins and numerous charity heads among those who praised her for her work.

A mass of remembrance and celebration will take place at Ennis Cathedral at 1pm, led by family friend Fr Pat Malone.

Laura Brennan is survived by her parents Bernie and Larry, and brothers Colin, Fergal, and Kevin.

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