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Emily was only 5 when following a short time of ill health she was diagnosed with Leukaemia.
After the initial shock Emily’s family prepared themselves for the two and a half years of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, blood tests, hospital stays and worry that lay ahead of them.
Emily’s treatment went well - she returned to school and life began to feel a little normal again. However, 7 months after finishing her treatment the family were devastated to hear the awful news that Emily had relapsed. Her only hope now was a bone marrow transplant. Finding a donor did not come easy and at this time the Emily Ash Trust was formed in order to try to find a bone marrow match. Finally, in November 2002 a donor was found and Emily received her transplant on 9th January 2003.
After several anxious days and then weeks, Emily’s transplant was deemed a success and finally the family returned home to begin the rest of their lives…
…Emily is now 22, she is 14 years post transplant and lives in Australia with her family. She has recently graduated from University and the world is now her oyster. Emily remains closely involved with the trust that bears her name. Recently she took on the awesome challenge of a charity sky dive to raise funds! She remains the inspiration for the Trust and we are hugely proud of her.