TER­MI­NALLY ILL EMILY SHARES PITCH WITH HER HE­ROES

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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

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