My name is Emily and I am an ARCHIE Ambassador from Orkney.
I was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at the age of 14 and spent the next several years in and out of hospital undergoing treatment. My mum had to give up her job and travel to the mainland for my treatment, leaving behind my dad and my little brother Max.
The ARCHIE Foundation helped my family by providing accommodation at the hospital for my mum, where she lived for more than a year. The ARCHIE Foundation also helped by funding a nursery place for my younger brother which enabled my dad to keep working throughout my treatment.
The charity helped fund monthly flights for my dad and brother to visit me in hospital, as well as paying for the whole family to travel to Glasgow with me for intensive treatment when I became quite ill.
After intensive chemotherapy and stem cell therapy, I was well enough to return to Orkney and go back to school. Unfortunately, in January 2014 I relapsed and returned to hospital.
The ARCHIE Foundation further helped, by part funding a flat for myself and my mum to stay in throughout the duration of my treatment as I was not able to go home to Orkney for two years.
I now volunteer with The ARCHIE Foundation helping the charity organise important large-scale fundraising events throughout the year, as well as sharing my story about how the charity helped me.