In a sad week for the Glentoran Family, Glentoran FC was very saddened to be informed of the passing of 16-year-old Glenman Bailie Hardy.
Bailie grew up loving the Glens. When Bailie was 15 he fractured his leg playing football with his friends, After an MRI he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a primary bone Cancer that meant that after several rounds of chemotherapy it was necessary for his right leg to be amputated above his knee. Bailie was an absolute warrior. He stayed positive and dealt with months and months of hospital stays and various treatments. He loved Football more than anything, particularly his beloved Manchester City and Glentoran FC. He had several visits to both when he was in better health. He had a love for wrestling also. When Bailie had the operation on his leg the first team invited him down to the Oval. Several Glentoran players visited him at home only to be thrashed at FIFA. Elliott Morris bought him his home shirt this season for his visits to the oval and most recently, just last Friday, Niall McGinn and Bobby Burns visited Bailie at home where they played a few games of FIFA and gave him tickets for the upcoming Northern Ireland match v Finland.
Sadly today Bailie lost his fight and passed away. Leaving a devastated family behind. Our thoughts go to his parents Christine and Andrew, devoted siblings Ashleigh, Emma, Andrew and Nicole, Grandparents Jim, Peter and Diana. Bailie was also a cherished uncle to Joss, Jax and Jayce.
We at Glentoran FC will sadly miss him and his banter. Bailie is a Hero and an inspiration to us all. He fought a great fight and went out on a high. He will always be remembered by us all as the boy who fought everyday his courageous fight. Sleep Tight Bailie.
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