Brave Preston cancer fighter loses battle for life

Emma Grandison
Emma Grandison
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A brave young mum who inspired many with her courage as she battled cancer has lost her fight for life.

Emma Grandison, of Longton, near Preston, died peacefully in St Catherine’s Hospice, with her husband Ian by her side.

Emma Grandison at home with her daughter Erin and husband Ian celebrating the Christmas

Emma Grandison at home with her daughter Erin and husband Ian celebrating the Christmas

The 32-year-old was diagnosed with terminal cancer when she was 16 weeks’ pregnant with her first child, Erin Rose.

After she found out the devastating news she had bowel cancer and secondary cancer of the liver, Emma married Ian and their daughter Erin was born 15 weeks early on November 5, 2013. She spent five months in the neonatal unit before going home in April last year.

Emma’s positive attitude inspired many people and she received support from all corners of the globe, in particular from her family and friends.

At Christmas she told the Evening Post she needed just ‘one more miracle’.

But last week she was dealt the news that the treatment she had been receiving wasn’t working and the cancer had spread.

In a heartbreaking Facebook post at the weekend, she posted: “Well, everyone it’s official, my best days are behind me. I have been given just weeks to live. I love you all. Take care xxxx”

She was taken to St Catherine’s Hospice on Tuesday this week and passed away on Wednesday February 5 at around 9.30am.

Husband Ian, 32, said: “I am really proud of her. She is an amazing woman. Without her being so strong we would never have had Erin.

“She was really positive; she was an inspiration to everybody and anybody.

“Everything she wanted to do she had done and we have so many happy memories.”

Hundreds of tributes have been paid to Emma on social media.

Russ Waring said: “A bright star on earth is now the brightest star in heaven, so so sorry for the family’s loss. She leaves behind such a legacy.”

James Cookson added: “ So, so sorry to hear that awful news. Emma was the embodiment of fun, living life to the maximum and its heart breaking to know she’s not with us anymore. Proud to say she was my friend. Thinking of you all.”

And Luke Gorman posted: “The worst news I have heard in my 34 years. Heaven has just recruited one of the best.”

Since Emma was diagnosed, her friends and family have raised £40,000 for various organisations including the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, the neonatal unit at the Royal Preston Hospital and Cancer Research UK.

Emma, a former Christ the King High School pupil, told the Evening Post in December that she has written birthday cards for Erin up to her 18th birthday, encouraging her to go travelling, she has created a memory box for her and picked godparents who each show part of her personality so she will know her through them.

In that interview she said: “We have had really really hard days. Ian and Erin are the reason for me to get up every day.

“We have had really good times as well. You have to embrace life.

“If it wasn’t for Ian and Erin I don’t know where I would be.”

Ric Clark, 34, who lives in Penwortham, near Preston, met Emma Grandison when he went for his first session of chemotherapy for stomach cancer.

Ric, a dad-of-two who wrote a column for the Evening Post throughout his journey and has now had the all clear for his cancer, said: “I sat next to Emma at my first chemo session and she immediately put me at ease.

“Emma was a very friendly and outgoing person and was open and upbeat about her prognosis.

“I thought she was very brave, courageous and hopeful.

“Emma always looked for the silver lining in everything and was a great mum to her daughter Erin.

“She inspired a lot of people and everyone is very saddened by her death.

“Emma’s legacy will live on as she was such an inspiration.”

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Read how we’ve covered Emma’s tragic story:

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