A 17-year-old with incurable cancer has drawn up a bucket list… with marrying her teenage sweetheart at the very top.
Emma Cosgrove was diagnosed with bone cancer in her leg aged just 12 and has undergone years of treatment. But she has now been told the illness has returned and doctors are unable to treat it. Refusing to let her illness stop her living her life, the brave Emma has now written a bucket list.
Her biggest wish is to marry fiance Dion Dunn, 18, who she has known since childhood according to the Manchester Evening News.
The teen faces a race against time to fulfill her wish – but has been helped by friends, family – including mom Cheryl and stepdad Mike – and even complete strangers who have already donated £7,000 to help her with the special day (the family lives in England).
Emma, whose modest ambitions also include a Centre Parcs break with her dog Nala and a hotel trip to London to watch The Lion King, has been bowled over by the public’s generosity.
She said: “I want to say thank you to every single person who has shared and donated towards my go fund me page. I can’t even begin to explain how grateful I am and how much I appreciate every single donation.
“This means that I can make some amazing memories with all of my family and friends and I can’t wait to share photos with all of the people who have supported me over the past six years.”
In the past five years, the 17-year-old has relapsed six times and undergone 18 operations to tackle tumors in her legs, lungs and ribs. Before Christmas, Emma, along with her mom Cheryl, stepdad Mike and sister Danni were told the that her cancer had returned.
However, chemotherapy to treat this has failed and all doctors can do now is keep Emma comfortable.
But to help the teenager’s dreams come true, a family friend set up a Go Fund Me page which was soon flooded with offers of help. Mom Cheryl, 45, says they have got several venues in mind – Bredbury Hall, Village Hotel and Waterside Hotel in Cheadle – and is applying to the Stalybridge-based charity Gift A Wedding to see if it can help make her daughter’s dream possible.
She added said: “We’ve lived in Cheadle all our lives and Emma is loved by so many and this has really proved just how amazing she is.
“She’s touched so many hearts and now we have complete strangers donating huge amounts of people, people who don’t know us but want to make her dreams come true. It’s mind-blowing.”