‘I just need to let Theo know Mummy tried’


Leicester Mercury - - Front Page - By MAIA SNOW maia.snow@reach­plc.com @Ma­iaSnow_Journo

A MUM is des­per­ately try­ing to raise enough funds for life-ex­tend­ing can­cer treat­ment in the USA, writes Maia Snow.

Emma Shaw, 40, who has a rare type of breast can­cer, is hop­ing to travel to re­ceive treat­ment not avail­able on the NHS.

She wants to spend more time with son Theo, aged eight, say­ing: “I have to try to get this treat­ment, be­cause I need him to know that Mummy tried.”

EMMA Shaw’s life was per­fect. In Au­gust this year she had re­cov­ered from a rare form of breast can­cer, her son had been ac­cepted on to a pres­ti­gious foot­ball train­ing camp and she had just en­joyed a hol­i­day in Mal­lorca with her new part­ner.

Then, less than a month later, her world was turned up­side down when she was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal. Af­ter bat­tling pneu­mo­nia in hos­pi­tal for three weeks, the 40-year-old got the life-chang­ing news that the can­cer she thought she had beaten had

I can’t put a cost on my life and time with Theo, so I am de­ter­mined to make this work Emma Shaw

spread to her liver. Her triple neg­a­tive breast can­cer had re­turned, a type that af­fects only 15 per cent of breast can­cer cases, it is very hard to treat and is more likely to re­cur.

Emma’s type of rare can­cer is treat­able with im­munother­apy and spe­cial­ist drugs but the treat­ment is not yet avail­able on the NHS.

To give her­self the best chance and to try to spend as much time with her part­ner and her son, she de­cided to raise money to go to Amer­ica to re­ceive the treat­ment she needs.

“For me, Amer­ica equals hope. It is some­thing I need to do and even if it doesn’t work, at least I know I tried,” said the 40-year-old from Roth­ley.

“I am ob­vi­ously dev­as­tated, but I am just try­ing to find some hope. With­out that I have noth­ing.

“I have done lots of re­search and Amer­ica seems to be well ahead in terms of treat­ment.

“It is not a guar­an­tee, but there are things on the hori­zon that could help me, it’s just a mat­ter of when I will reach them.”

Emma has found it par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult as she has eight-year-old son Theo, who has just signed with the Le­ices­ter City FC un­der-9s academy.

She wants to be able to spend as much time with him as pos­si­ble.

“Theo just knows that Mummy needs more treat­ment and he ac­cepts that I need more time in bed,” she said.

“He is a re­ally good boy, but he is only eight years old. I have to try to get this treat­ment, be­cause I need him to know that Mummy tried.

“I can’t put a cost on my life and time with Theo, so I am de­ter­mined to make this work.” Emma dis­cov­ered this treat­ment was avail­able in the States through her re­search and de­cided this was the best thing for her to do.

But it is not go­ing to be easy as this new treat­ment is ex­pected to cost Emma and her fam­ily more than £90,000.

It will all be worth it for her, if she can “make more happy mem­o­ries” with her fam­ily and friends.

Emma is not in this alone and has re­ceived “amaz­ing sup­port” from her part­ner Dar­ren Moss, 42, who reg­u­larly trav­els from Wales to visit and help care for her.

Her par­ents have also been very im­por­tant in help­ing Emma when she needs it most.

“My mum and dad have been fan­tas­tic. They haven’t let me spend a night on my own since this hap­pened,” she said. “They take me to all my ap­point­ments and won’t let me drive be­cause they are wor­ried about me.”

Her sis­ter Kate, 46, from Sys­ton, re­cently re­cov­ered from breast can­cer, giv­ing Emma hope.

“She is do­ing much bet­ter now and this just shows that good things can hap­pen,” Emma said.

She is ap­peal­ing to ev­ery­one to do­nate what­ever they can to help give her more time with her fam­ily and friends.

“I know we all have our sto­ries to tell and I know that life, fi­nan­cially, can be a strug­gle but I am ask­ing for as lit­tle or as much as you can give and in re­turn I will be for­ever grate­ful,” she said. “Please help me make more time in the place where I have fi­nally found my hap­pi­ness.”

As of yesterday af­ter­noon, Emma had raised £11,500.

If you would like to do­nate to the fund, you can do so by search­ing for Emma Shaw on:

HOP­ING FOR MORE HAPPY MEM­O­RIES WITH FAM­ILY AND FRIENDS: Emma Shaw, pic­tured with her dad, with her sis­ter Kate, right and part­ner Dar­ren Moss, be­low

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