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My dear friend Emma

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The money raised will go directly to Emma. Please support us, any amount will mean so much.

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My lovely friend Emma, godmother to Ella now lives in New Zealand and is happily married to Matt with 3 lovely children aged 15 (Thomas), 13 (Clementine) and 10 (Daisy, my god-daughter).

In September 2017, after several months with a sore back Emma was diagnosed with a high-grade myoepithelial carcinoma, which is extremely rare. The cancer had already spread from her Pelvis into her lungs, which was a difficult initial diagnosis.

Emma immediately started Chemotherapy and approached this as she does everything head on, determined to beat it. After two rounds of Chemotherapy a further CT scan showed that the cancer had not responded to Chemotherapy and she has had to stop this standard treatment.

A secondary treatment has been devised by her oncologist which involves Radiotherapy to assist with the pain and the use of Keytruda – an immunotherapy drug. Keytruda has a proven success rate treating many different forms of cancer through reprogramming the immune system to remember to attack the cancer cells. Emma’s team are also looking at further treatments including new unfunded drugs such as Avastin and global clinical trials.

Keytruda is not funded for Emma’s type of cancer and costs a hefty $11,000 per treatment, which is required every three weeks.

Emma and her husband Matt have been married 17 years, and her three children Thomas, Clementine and Daisy need their mum. Matt wants his wife to be here for many more years to come.

We want to help as much as possible as we feel pretty helpless living so far away. We have decided to run 15km (one km for every year I have known Emma), we are all going to run it - Richard, myself, William, Jasmine and Ella. As you know we do alot of running but 5-8kms is our sweet spot so this will be a challenge. If we can raise just a little bit to support our amazing friend it will be worthwhile.

We will do the run over half term and are hoping that you will sponsor us by donating on this page.

Ali Palmer's involvement (page creator)

I am a close friend of Emma's in London. She is godmother to one of my children and me to hers. We want to help from the UK and do a sponsored run for her

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  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 23 Feb 2018



  • Jeremy

    Jeremy on 20 Feb 2018


    I have only met Emma once but have heard about her courageous battle from my sister, Ali Palmer who is a dear friend of Emma. Ali and her children have asked me to sponsor a charity run they are doing for Emma and I am happy to do so. May Emma find a cure and recover.


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 18 Feb 2018


    Good luck with your journey.


  • Andy & Dee Bull

    Andy & Dee Bull on 15 Feb 2018


    Well done Palmer Family for bringing this to our attention and all your efforts in the fundraising run. Sending the beautiful Emma and her family much love and every best wish.


  • The Jones family

    The Jones family on 12 Feb 2018


    Hope run went well for you all today. Lovely idea and best of luck to Emma with her treatment Love from Pauline Darrell Philippa and Tash xx


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