Emma Wilson

Emma Wilson

The London Marathon 2018

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Thank you for visiting my fundraising page.[/p][p] [/p][p]I'm running the London Marathon on 22nd April 2018 for the Teenage Cancer Trust - a charity so close to my heart.[/p][p] [/p][p]My best friend and little sister Louise (Scooby to Mum, Dad and I) was diagnosed with a Pineoblastoma in January 2014. Scoobs never made a fuss or broadcast her illness but I need people to understand how hard she fought, how amazing she is and just how incredible the Teenage Cancer Trust are so I can raise a big sum of money for this charity.[/p][p] [/p][p]Scooby was fit and healthy, had the odd headache like the rest of us but one day woke up with terrible vision. She'd also had speech problems on New Years day in 2014 but the hospital could not find anything wrong. Scoobs had an appointment at the opticians to check her eyesight and they were very concerned so refered her to Lincoln Hospital the same week. We were all due to be away at Butlins that weekend but Louise spent the weekend (and almost the next fortnight) in Sheffield Hallamshire Hospital after they found a brain tumour. Lincoln hospital thought it was benign. After several operations to release pressure in Lou's brain and do a biopsy, we went to the hospital to be with Lou when she got the results. Dad and I went thinking the worse case scenario - it would be Cancer, she'd have some chemo, be poorly for a while but then we'd have our Scoobs back again. January 27th 2014 saw us receive the worst news we could ever imagine. This was worse than our 'worse case scenario'. Her consultant said 'You have a Pineoblastoma, it's grade 4, this will kill you and there's nothing we can do'. Not only did she have a brain tumour the size of a golf ball, the Cancer had already spread down her spine. Of course, Lou understood everything so much better than us after having a degree in Forensic Science.[/p][p]It felt as if our hearts were ripped out that day. All we wanted was to be happy like we always had been. Dad and his girls.[/p][p] [/p][p]Lou came home within days of the news with Sheffield Hospital giving her no more than 6 months to live. She was back under the care of Lincoln Hospital who then referred her to Nottingham's City Hospital where they suggested an intense course of Radiotheraphy. Lou went everyday for treatment for 6 weeks which had an incredible effect. The tumour had shrunk considerably and they wanted to now try Chemotherapy. Lou travelled between Spalding and Nottingham City and Nottingham QMC day after day after day for months on end. All of Lou's treatment was carried out on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit. Until Lou became poorly, I'd never had any experience of the amazing work and the incredible support this charity offers. Not just to young people but also to their families. Lou spent many nights in hospital after one thing or another. She hated staying in hospital, she felt lonely and worried. On some occasions there was not a bed for her on the TCT ward so she was on the normal Neuro or Oncology ward. Lou was always at her lowest on these wards and we all hated leaving her at night. But when beds became available she'd be on the TCT ward and she almost felt 'at home'. She felt comfortable, safe and she was well cared for. We still hated leaving her but it felt more bearable and we knew she was in safe hands.[/p][p]As Lou was doing so, so well and making huge progress, she caught Meningitus early on in 2016. Another long spell in hospital and more operations. But Scoobs did what Scooby did, gave it her all and kicked it up the backside![/p][p] [/p][p]Unfortunately in the September the Cancer had started growing again in her spine and then appeared in her lungs after the hospital thought it was pneumonia. In December 2016 the Cancer had well and truly broken out which the Doctors had not seen before. Nobody had made it this far before but Lou was determined to enjoy every day of her life and help us create wonderful memories.[/p][p]Lou was given weeks to live.[/p][p]Those meetings with the Doctors never got any easier, if anything they got harder because Lou had fought so hard and she'd had such a positive outcome from her treatment - we hoped and hoped for a miracle.[/p][p] [/p][p]Lou and Lee got married in January 2017. It was such a fantastic day. All their family and friends were together celebrating, having a whale of a time and it was almost as if Lou's illness had been forgotten.[/p][p] [/p][p]April 12th 2017 was the day heaven gained the most amazing, most incredible, most inspiring, Crime Scene Investigating angel. I will never ever forget my Dad's voice as he called me in the middle of the night. I'd only been to see her to give her a kiss and biq squeeze hours before. I lost my best friend that morning, a day I wished would never arrive. I'm beyond proud of her.[/p][p] [/p][p]Our Scoobs fought and fought and fought. All I could do was take her for treatment and love her. I'm not a long distance runner at all but I want to give something back to the amazing people who helped my Scoobs continue to enjoy her life for over 3 years. I have no idea how I will make the finish line, but I'll do it for Lou. My Scoobs will be waiting at the end for me and I know she'd be so proud.[/p][p] [/p][p]I'm so grateful for any sponsorship no matter how big or small. Your money will go towards helping someone else's young loved one who's battling Cancer. No one should face Cancer alone and this charity supports so many young people and their families. You always think 'it won't be us' but the truth is, you just don't know. The amount of charities that offered help and support was incredible. We are so grateful to all the organisations that helped but especially to the Teenage Cancer Trust.[/p][p] [/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RGxZIpux4WQ?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo]
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Supporters


Jun 7, 2018

Virgin Money Giving

Thanks for having fun with us at the Expo Fundraising Lounge. We hope you had a great marathon.

£5.00


May 29, 2018

Virgin Money Giving

Thanks for having fun with us at the Expo Fundraising Lounge. We hope you had a great marathon.

£5.00


May 15, 2018

Michelle from Wizzy

Well done Emma.

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


May 14, 2018

Anonymous

Saw your tweet x

£24.00

plus £6.00 Gift Aid


May 7, 2018

Anonymous

Well done Emma x Teenage Cancer Trust, absolute angels on this earth ... always try to go to Albert Hall concert every year... didn't make it this year so am so pleased to give via your page Ax april

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Apr 28, 2018

Andrew Dawson

Well done Emma x

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Apr 26, 2018

Tracey Robinson

Well done Emma, you really did your beautiful sister proud and in support of such a wonderful cause xx

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Apr 25, 2018

Anonymous

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Apr 24, 2018

Debby

Well done xx


Apr 24, 2018

Iain Hibbert

Well done, and thank you to Mandarin for Lottie's prize of a free massage!

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid

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