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Having undergone preventative surgery, it came as a shock when she was diagnosed with secondary cancer in February 2013. There is no cure for secondary cancer and Emma has undergone a number of chemotherapy treatments.

Team Wren, a group of ten close friends and family, have been organising numerous fundraising events to support Emma’s treatment. Emma’s last course of chemotherapy wasn’t effective and with her treatment options running out, she scoured research papers, the internet and international institutes for an alternate treatment.

Her research has led her to Dendritic Cell Vaccine Therapy in Duderstadt, in Germany. This form of immunotherapy is a pioneering treatment which creates a personalised vaccine which retrains the immune system to recognise and eliminate cancer cells. Although it is not a miracle cure, it has as good a chance of success as other options and the side effects are more manageable than chemotherapy.

So far, more than £11,500 has been raised and Emma had her first round of treatment in January, and will make a second visit on Monday, 15th February. Emma said: “The first time I was there for ten days and when I go out on Monday, it will be for five days.

“My first four vaccinations will be every month, and if it is working, I will then go out once every three months, and then it will be six-monthly visits.” She explained that £30,000 is an estimated cost for the first year of treatment, including travelling costs and accommodation in Germany.

Emma continued: “It’s phenomenal how much has been achieved through Team Wren – I’m so grateful to everyone who has supported me.”

Team Wren will be hosting many fundraising events over the coming months, including a pop-up shop on Saturday and Sunday (13th and 14th February) and a coffee morning on Sunday (14th February).

The pop-up shop will be held in the former HSBC premises in the Alcester High Street between 9am and 5pm on Saturday, and 10am and 2pm on Sunday, selling Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day gifts.

Coffee@26, also in Alcester’s High Street, are donating coffee, tea and milk to hold a fundraising coffee event for Emma, between 10am and 2pm.

Additionally, a fashion show will take place in the Stratford ArtsHouse, on Tuesday 10th May, as well as other fundraising events such as marathons and a charity ball.

For more information or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/Emma-Wren43 or www.facebook.com/wrensfightingcancer/ or @TeamWrens on Twitter.

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