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Family farewell mum Liz McLaughlin after she loses melanoma fight

It was a battle with melanoma that Liz McLaughlin thought she had won, until doctors told her four months ago that the disease had spread like wildfire.

Despite a spirited fight against the aggressive cancer using promising immuno-therapy, she died a fortnight ago, just shy of her 30th birthday and leaving behind a 10-month-old baby, Ivy.

Ms McLaughlin was diagnosed with a melanoma when she was 23 and for more than five years after being successfully treated, she seemed in perfect health.

She had a trouble-free pregnancy with Ivy but abdominal pains started soon after the birth.

Liz McLaughlin with baby Ivy and partner Tommy Corrigan.
Liz McLaughlin with baby Ivy and partner Tommy Corrigan.Picture: Simon Santi

It was then that doctors diagnosed stage-four metastatic melanoma.

The cancer had taken hold in her brain and was so advanced that doctors decided a few weeks ago that more treatment was futile.

She died on November 22 and her funeral was held at Fremantle Cemetery today.

Liz McLaughlan's funeral at Fremantle Cemetary. Picture: Steve Ferrier The West Australian.
Liz McLaughlan’s funeral at Fremantle Cemetary. Picture: Steve Ferrier The West Australian.Picture: Steve Ferrier

But along the way, she made time to speak out publicly to raise awareness about the early detection of melanoma, and friends and strangers donated more than $23,000 to help her family, including partner Tommy Corrigan.

Lisa McLaughlin wrote on Facebook on the day her daughter died that she was at peace after a 125-day fight.

“My darling baby girl, our beautiful Lizzee, passed away this majestic spring morning, at the height of the jaca-randa,” she wrote.

Liz McLaughlan's funeral at Fremantle Cemetary. Picture: Steve Ferrier The West Australian.
Liz McLaughlan’s funeral at Fremantle Cemetary. Picture: Steve Ferrier The West Australian.

Mrs McLaughlin had earlier posted that her daughter had been strong and brave, and doctors had expected her to live only a few weeks after her advanced cancer diagnosis in July. “They have not known a patient with a cancer this aggressive fight it with as much resilience,” she wrote.

The head of HeartKids, where Ms McLaughlin had worked, said she had been a much loved member of its WA team. “Her passing after a short battle with cancer deeply saddens us all,” Mark Brooke said in a Facebook post.

Liz McLaughlin funeral at Fremantle Cemetery.
Liz McLaughlin funeral at Fremantle Cemetery.Picture: Steve Ferrier

“Liz brought sunshine into our WA office and will be greatly missed by us all.”

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