THE CHILDREN'S BRAIN TUMOUR CHARITY

Creating Beautiful Memories

Over the five years of treatment, Emma underwent 18 operations to tackle the tumours

Emma was diagnosed with cancer age 12 and started a course of chemotherapy. Not only did Emma struggle to cope with the effects of cancer she also to cope with her father walking out on the family during her first round of chemotherapy. She’s barely seen him during years of aggressive cancer treatments. 

Over the five years of treatment, Emma underwent 18 operations to tackle the tumours and sadly relapsed 7 times. When Emma was 17 the family then received devastating news. Emma recalls “I was told the news that nobody wants to hear, especially at 17 years old…that I was terminally ill and any treatments I’d receive would be to try and prolong my life but not cure me. I tried to act strong in front of my family and friends but I was totally distraught”.

Refusing to let cancer stop her living her life Emma wrote her bucket list. Right at the top was her wish to marry her childhood sweetheart, Dion. It was a race against time however with the fundraising support of family, friends, charity and In kind donations enough funds were raised for a magical wedding day. 

Emma’s mum, Cheryl, recalls “she blew me away as she walked down the aisle with her step dad Mike. Mike has given Emma a lifetime of love”.

Beautiful Memories

Emma wished to create some beautiful memories with her new husband so Joss Searchlight volunteers raised funds for the newly weds to honeymoon for a week at a luxury cottage with a private hot tub set in peaceful woodlands in the rolling hillside. It was just the relaxation that Emma needed, with ‘mum’ not too far away in case of problems.

Cheryl said “Without all these generous, kind and thoughtful people the wedding wouldn’t have been so beautiful or so memorable. They gave Emma a wedding fit for a princess.” 

Joss Searchlight also supported memory making by taking photos of Emma & Dion’s wedding day and creating engraved images of Emma for her mum, sister, husband and best friend Chloe. 

You can do something amazing

Dahlia’s Story

Dahlia was diagnosed in August 2020 with DIPG, or diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. DIPG is an aggressive and difficult to treat type of brain tumor found in the brainstem that primarily affects children.

Help Us Make a difference

Donating to Joss Searchlight does so much more than you think. We fund research, educate and support families

we'd love to be friends

We promise not to inundate you with emails or messages – that’s not our style.

But when it’s really important, like a piece of research that you’re funding is getting results, it would be great to let you know.

And we will never pass on your details – guaranteed

Hi, Can you spare £3 ?

The Joss Searchlight website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

Scruff Torch SVG Sml Flipped

The Joss Searchlight website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.