TERMINALLY ILL EMILY SHARES PITCH WITH HER HEROES
A TERMINALLY ill woman has ticked another item off her wish list – sharing the pitch at the Principality Stadium with her rugby heroes.
Emily Kendrick is just 25 and has incurable cancer.
She was 24 when she had a hysterectomy and was told her cancer had become inoperable.
She has vowed to fill her life with incredible experiences.
Yesterday was one of those, as she helped carry an RAF flag onto the pitch ahead of the Autumn International against New Zealand.
Proud mum Sonia Winstone said it was a dream come true.
And it’s come after an emotional few weeks.
“Emily has recently suffered with kidney failure due to the increased pressure of the cancer on her ureters, which we were told was lifethreatening, and she was in hospital for almost two weeks,” said Sonia.
Emily had to have a raft of treatments, including a blood transfusion, but she has managed to return to work at RAF Brize Norton.
The RAF is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, and to help launch its centenary it was invited onto the pitch before Saturday’s game with New Zealand.
Emily was asked to carry the RAF flag onto the field before the game.
Mum Sonia said: “I was the proudest mum in the stadium, actually the whole of Wales or even the whole world.
“Our family are big rugby fans and to see Emily, my daughter, carrying the RAF flag in her No1 uniform on to the pitch, representing the whole of the RAF and Wales, has been a great honour for me.
“The RAF have been amazing with Emily since her diagnosis, they have shown her great support from day one and she’s done them proud.”
Her mum also launched an appeal to raise money so they could take a long-promised trip to New York together.
They had planned to take the trip for Sonia’s 50th birthday in 2019 but due to the uncertainty with Emily’s health they needed help raising money to go as soon as possible.
After complete strangers, friends and family donated more than £7,000, they have been able to book their trip and will jet off to the Big Apple next month.
Since the appeal Emily’s health has stopped her beloved work with the RAF after she went into kidney failure.
But they both hope their trip next month will be one to remember.
Emily is a huge rugby fan and one of the things she wants to achieve is to see Wales take on Ireland in Dublin.
After we publicised her plea, the WRU came forward and in February that will come true.
The pair will be guests at the team’s training camp at The Vale Resort for a lunch the day before the game and will then travel with them to Dublin on their plane.
Emily will also get to see the game as their guest.
Left, flag bearer Emily Kendrick, and the RAF 100 band, above