Raising vital funds for life saving research.
Emily was 20 years of age when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of her left femur. She had been in a relationship with James for 6 years and was in the second year of teacher training at university. James and Emily loved holidaying together and in the months prior to her diagnosis had set up a flat together. We remember Emily struggling with decorating the flat because of a painful knee, but loving every moment of setting up their first home together. It was 5 months before we were to find out the significance of her painful knee.
Emily loved children and her dream was to become a primary school teacher, she worked hard and managed a part time job as well as her studies. She was devastated that the illness meant she had to put her studies and training on hold.
Emily’s many friends were an important part of her life and they proved to be an invaluable support to her during her illness. Another important part of Emily’s life were her pets. Tom, Louis, Marvin and latterly the gorgeous kitten, Toby, brought her such joy and pleasure and helped her through some of the dark times of her illness.
The cancer had spread to Emily’s lungs and other bones in her body before she was diagnosed. She underwent a gruelling treatment regime of chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy, which meant extensive periods in hospital and resulted in awful side effects. But our Emily was always positive. She never questioned why this had happened to her and never gave up hope. She was so brave and always thought of others before herself.
Emily continued with her studies in-between treatments and gained a First Class Honours Degree in Primary Education. Emily had a lovely graduation ceremony at home on the 9th December 2015, a week before she died at home on the 16th December 2015 (nearly 2 years after her initial diagnosis).
What we have done in Emily's memory
We want to raise money for Bone Cancer Research in the hope that we can contribute to finding a cure for this awful disease, increase awareness so that other people get an earlier diagnosis, to improve outcomes and improve treatments which have not changed for many years.
Numerous people have raised money in Emily’s memory. It helps us to know that Emily is fondly remembered and people want to contribute to make a difference.
The Kimberley School (where Emily was Head Girl and later completed placements as part of her teacher training) have held numerous fund raising events. Cake sales, disco’s raffles, sale of valentine roses to name but a few. Rolls Royce have also held a charity football tournament, Christmas raffle and Christmas jumper competition. Other people we don’t even know have contributed and supported us in Emily’s memory.
In January 2017, just over a year after Emily died and just before her 24th birthday we held an afternoon tea for 175 family and friends to celebrate Emily’s life and raised over £5,200. The afternoon was an amazing event and we have booked another ‘afternoon tea’ for the same time next year.
Supporting Emily's Fund
We know Emily would be proud of what has been raised so far, proof of what can be done with a ‘team effort’. We value any contribution or support you can give to help make a difference.
We thank you and appreciate your time to read Emily's Story
Janet, Steve, James, Nicola & Jamie
Text BCRT EMILY to 70800 to donate £5
*Text donation costs the donation amount + standard network rate. The Emily Barker Tribute Fund will receive 100% of your donation.
Get in touch if you would like to create your own special fund.