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Family create lasting legacy of brave mum

Tony Bowman with his 16-year-old son Jake and a photograph of his wife and Jake's mother Emma who died in September 2013. They are hoping to raise �5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in her memory.

Tony Bowman with his 16-year-old son Jake and a photograph of his wife and Jake's mother Emma who died in September 2013. They are hoping to raise �5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in her memory.

THE family of a brave mum who lost her life to cancer say they are creating a legacy in her name.

Emma Bowman died aged just 34 last September.

Emma, of Lambton, in Washington, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, after finding a lump in her right breast.

Surgeons decided that a mastectomy was the right course of action for Emma, wife to Tony, 43, and mum to Jake, now 16.

After getting the all clear in October 2012, and going into remission, the housewife’s life looked to be returning to normal, but just months later it was uncovered that the cancer had spread to her spine.

Despite keeping as active as possible, even as her condition worsened, she died a month after her 34th birthday.

“Emma never twisted or complained even though she must have been in so much pain,” said Tony, who works for the AA in Newcastle. “At the end, the cancer was in every major organ in her body.

“She said to the doctors ‘Give me as much chemo as you want, but I don’t want radiotherapy’.

“We also found out her spine was fractured, yet she had still been walking around with just a little help from a walking stick.”

As Tony, Jake, and the rest of Emma’s family begin to come to terms with her passing, a fund has now been set up in her name, to raise cash towards those suffering from cancer.

A charity night is now taking place on Friday, March 21, at North Biddick Social Club, in Fatfield, with all money raised going to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The already sold-out event will feature music acts and other entertainment, as well as raffles.

Emma’s cousins Sarah and Laura Temple, her sister Joanne Devlin and her aunt Janet, have all been involved in putting together the gathering.

“We’d like to raise £5,000 ideally, and all the money raised will go into the local area in Sunderland, instead of it going down to London,” added Tony, who along with Jake recently went to New York to scatter Emma’s ashes.

“The Macmillan nurses helped us and Emma loads, and I think it’s only fair that it goes to them. We think it’s right.

“The raffle prizes are the best I’ve seen, so hopefully we’ll raise loads of money.”

To donate on Emma’s tribute page go to http://macmillan.tributefunds.com/emmabowman.

 

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