Did you know that despite Australia no longer having the highest per capita rates of invasive melanoma in the world, Queensland still is, by far, the skin cancer capital of the world? Queensland has a melanoma incidence rate of 71 cases per 100,000 people (2009-2013), vastly exceeding rates both nationally and internationally. One young woman from Queensland, Emma Betts, has been battling Stage 4 Melanoma for over 3 years. Emma has touched the lives of tens of thousands, through forums in which she openly shares "an authentic glimpse into the roller coaster that is life with Stage 4 Melanoma - the highs, the lows, and the in between".
Emma is just 25 years young - she was diagnosed with cancer at age 21, and has been battling and fighting hard ever since. However, the cancer has stopped responding to treatment. There are no treatments left. Unfortunately, Emma's latest prognosis is that she may only have months left.
"It gives you a sense of failure and I've tried my hardest. I'm not giving up, but it doesn't matter how much I fight, it's going to get me."
Photo taken from Dear Melanoma's Facebook page.
Emma's wish is to spend her remaining time at home with her beloved husband Serge, and adored Cavoodle Ralph. In order to do so, Emma and her family need financial support to cover the medical expenses that are involved in Emma being able to stay at home and to cover everyday expenses so that Serge can have time off work to spend this precious time with Emma.
Emma pictured with husband Serge and cavoodle Ralph. Photo taken from Dear Melanoma's Facebook page.
"A lovely friend, not even from Brisbane, has engaged the group of people that were once strangers, to hold a fundraising event for Serge, Ralph and I to contribute to the expenses that will be involved in my end of life and to ensure that we are all taken care of.
How is that for community?!?" - Emma
The doggy community has kindly put together a fundraiser doggy playdate to help raise the needed funds for Emma to make her wish into reality. This event will be held on Saturday 4th March 2017 in the small dog off-leash park at Faulkner Park in Graceville. This fundraiser playdate will kick off at 9am - come and show your support! There will be a raffle with great prizes to win from local doggie businesses, including:
oodle&co - stylish and on trend accessories and homewares for pawrents
Doggie Tea - herbal tea for dogs using certified organic herbs
There'll be other opportunities to donate, or simply come for a play to help show our support for Emma, Serge and Ralph. All funds raised will go to Emma and her family. To learn more about Emma's journey and her hard work and efforts in fundraising and raising awareness for melanoma, check out www.dearmelanoma.com/.