Rallying to aid brave cancer mum

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Family and friends in Kirkintilloch are rallying round a brave and inspirational young mum who is battling a rare form of cancer.

In July, Emma Farrell, 32, was diagnosed with choriocarcinoma, a cancer which occurs in the womb.

The disease was discovered after she was admitted to Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary with a suspected ectopic pregnancy.

The devastating news came a year after Emma, who has a three-year-old daughter Megan, was given the all-clear from stomach cancer.

She has had to endure six months of gruelling chemotherapy to get into remission and was so poorly, she had to give up her home and move in with family.

Her friend Linsey Allan said: “When Emma was admitted to hospital this year, doctors gave her the desperate news that if this was the return of her stomach cancer, she would have to think about hospice and end of life care.

“Then she was told it was another type of cancer.”

Because choriocarcinoma is so rare, Emma was transferred immediately to Charing Cross Hospital in London for specialist treatment.

Now friends and family are holding a family fun day in Kirkintilloch Miners Club on Saturday to raise cash to enable Megan and Emma’s partner Ryan to travel to London to visit Emma.

Emma’s friend Linsey said: “The money raised will allow Emma and her daughter to spend quality time together and make lasting memories.”

Linsey also told the Herald that when Emma was given the all-clear from stomach cancer, she had been determined to return to a normal life.

She said: “Emma moved into a new home and amazingly was able to return to her job with a homeless unit just 10 days after her last chemotherapy treatment

“However, she felt so passionate about her cancer journey that she decided to apply for a post with Macmillan Cancer Care and began in January this year to support adults with cancer.”

The fun day runs from 12noon-5pm and includes a whole range of entertainment from a bouncy castle to face painting, cakes, make-up, cards and crafts, and a tombola.

Emma also wants to raise cash for the Willow Foundation who arrange special days for people between the ages of 16-40 who are seriously ill.

To donate to the cause, visit www.justgiving.com/Emmas-event