Gaz Emmerson, 29, is urging people to donate the cost of a pint to ‘see me out of this world’ to raise funds for Sarcoma UK.
Just a year ago, Gaz tackled a gruelling 1, 000 mile cycling challenge from Land’s End to John O’Groats with family and friends, despite his terminal cancer diagnosis. He married his childhood sweetheart, Zoe, just a few days later, after raising more than £117,000 for the national charity.
Gaz smashed his fundraising target and captured the hearts of the nation when he won ITV’s Pride of Britain London Fundraiser of the Year award last autumn.
Now Gaz has announced that his cancer has spread to his bone marrow, and is will receive end of life care. However, he is determined to do everything he can to raise even more funds for Sarcoma UK and vital awareness of this less common cancer, with the support of the public.
“I’m proud of a lot of things, but no more so than the work we did for Sarcoma UK,’ says Gaz.
‘Despite it not having the happiest ending, the past eight years since I’ve been ill have been the best of my life, and hopefully I’ve shown that you can live a great life with cancer.
‘One day, hopefully soon, no one will have to go through what me and so many others have been through.’
‘The whole team at Sarcoma UK would like to wish our friend and hero Gaz a lot of peace and happy moments with his loved ones,’ says Kerry Reeves-Kneip, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Sarcoma UK.
‘His terminal diagnosis has been no barrier to Gaz living life to the fullest and we are so grateful to him for his support in raising funds and much-needed awareness of sarcoma.’