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Mum told she was ‘too young for breast cancer’ dies weeks after wedding day

Mum-of-two Sinead Richards died on September 10 – just weeks after her wedding – after battling aggressive breast cancer that had spread through her body

Sinead Richards, 31, died weeks after her wedding day

A mum-of-two told she was “too young” to have breast cancer has tragically died from the condition just weeks after her wedding day.

Sinead Richards, 31, was the picture of happiness when she tied the knot with her partner of 12 years, Liam McDonagh, 33, on August 19.

But she passed away on September 10, just over a year after tests revealed she had stage four breast cancer, which had spread through her body.

She visited doctors in early 2020 but they initially missed the tumour, believing the mum-of-two was “too young” to have breast cancer.

Heartbroken Liam said of their wedding: “Everyone was smiling all day. She was very unwell but it really showed what she was like, she battled to get there and put on a brave face.



Sinead was the picture of health and happiness on her wedding day to heartbroken partner of 12 years, Liam McDonagh, 33
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She died from breast cancer that had spread throughout her body
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“It was mind over matter. She got herself there and that is all she wanted.

“It has had a huge impact on our lives. She was amazing, she was such a lovely person.

“Nobody she ever met had a bad word to say about her, everyone loved her. It is just so tragic.

“When we were in the hospital, people would give us a second glance as they couldn’t believe how young we were. She was only 31, we couldn’t believe it.”

Mum-of-two Sinead, a pastoral mentor, found a lump on her breast in late 2019 but put off visiting the doctors for two months as she did not think it would be cancer.




The mum-of-two was told by doctors she was “too young” to have breast cancer
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When she visited the doctors in early 2020, nothing was initially discovered and Sinead was believed to be “too young” to suffer from breast cancer.

But Liam urged Sinead to return to the surgery and tests revealed she had advanced Stage Four breast cancer which had spread all over her body.

Tragically, Sinead died on September 10, less than a month after their wedding, leaving behind Liam and their two daughters, Paige, seven, and Georgie, 10.

Just one in four women survive for more than five years after they are diagnosed with the illness.

Now Liam, a builder, has urged other women to get tested despite their age.



After his wife’s death, heartbroken Liam is now urging other women to go for tests
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He added: “If her story helps even one more person to get checked, this will have all been worthwhile. She was the most amazing person.

“I just want to show that this can happen to anyone and urge people to get checked if they ever notice anything.”

A fundraiser has been launched on GoFundMe to support the family and help with costs of a funeral which will take place on October 7.

A fun day at a local pub and a canal ride from Leeds to Liverpool have been organised in the fundraising drive – and more than £3,000 has been raised so far.


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