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About Emily Ash Trust

In 2002, at age 5, Emily Ash was diagnosed with Leukaemia. After the initial shock, Emily’s family prepared themselves for the course of their life to be forever changed.

For two and a half years, Emily underwent chemotherapy, radiotherapy, blood tests and hospital stays. After this, Emily was able to return to school and resume what felt like a ‘normal’ life again. However, just seven months after finishing this bout of treatment, she experienced a relapse and once again the Ash family were thrown into a life of challenges. Her only hope now was to undergo a bone marrow transplant.

Finding a donor did not come easily, and it was at this time that the family and their loved ones formed the Emily Ash Trust. The goal was to find the match that would save Emily’s life. In November 2002, a donor was found and Emily successfully received her transplant on the 9th of January, 2003.

After several anxious days that turned to weeks of waiting, Emily’s transplant was finally deemed a success and the family, with Emily, could return home to begin a new chapter of their lives.

Now in her 20’s, Emily has lived a life that many young people dream of. She moved with her family to live in Australia for some time, finished school and attended, and then graduated from University. Now, Emily takes part in the Emily Ash Trust, working closely to support families, continue raising awareness and even taking part in some activities – she even did a charity sky dive to raise funds! She remains the inspiration for the Trust and we are immensely proud of her journey.

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