A BRAVE young girl who lost her battle with cancer has inspired her family and friends to raise money to help other children with the disease.
Emma Cameron was only 10-years-old when she was given the devastating news that she had bone cancer (osteosarcoma) in her leg.
After being diagnosed in November 2009, Emma had to endure chemotherapy treatment.
But just three months later, the youngster and her family, from Torrance, were told that the chemotherapy was not working.
Emma had to have her leg amputated above the knee to remove the tumour.
Despite facing such tragedy, the popular Torrance Primary pupil was determined to lead a normal, happy life.
She threw herself into physiotherapy and had a prosthetic leg fitted while still having chemotherapy treatment.
Her dad Alan (46) said: “It’s hard to find the right words when you are told your child has cancer.
“Emma was philosophical and determined if there was a challenge to be had.
“It’s easy for a father to say, but she didn’t complain or moan.
“The first question she asked when told her leg would have to be amputated was what it would stop her doing.
“She was quite sporty and enjoyed running around and was in the Girls’ Brigade. She lived life to the full.”
Sadly, in June 2010, an X-ray revealed there were tumours on Emma’s lung. She had surgery, but her family were told to prepare for the worst as the cancer could continue to spread.
Determined to fight against the disease, courageous Emma decided to enjoy what time she had left.
Thanks to several charities she was given many fantastic experiences including meeting boy band JLS with her sister Rachel (15) and enjoying a trip to Lapland to meet Santa.
Emma also met Princess Anne and was a mascot with Ross County during their cup final clash against Dundee United.
The popular youngster still attended school and even went to an outdoor centre at Loch Long just weeks before she died.
Emma sadly passed away on April 1 this year, just three weeks before her 12th birthday.
More than 400 people attended her funeral.
Emma’s grieving family decided to set up the Emma Cameron Foundation after being inspired by the brave youngster, who raised hundreds of pounds for charity despite her illness.
Alan said: “It’s important to recognise that Emma had support from a dozen charities and a number of them were fairly small.
“We want to use Emma’s experiences and the benefits she received from the charities to make sure other kids get the same benefits.
“It’s what Emma would have wanted. She inspired us.”
Just some of the charities that helped Emma include Les Hoey, who organises events for children with cancer and leukaemia, When You Wish Upon A Star and Little Princess Trust, who gave her a real hair wig.
The Emma Cameron Foundation wants to raise money for these and other charities. The group’s first fundraising ladies’ night raised £1,300 and many more events are planned.
Alan added: “It goes without saying how much we miss Emma. Starting the foundation makes things an awful lot better, especially at this time of year.”
For more information visit www.emmacameronfoundation.org.uk
STAR (pictured): Emma received an award for her fundraising efforts from Alison King, head teacher at Torrance Primary.