The heartbroken family of a North-east teenager who lost her battle with brain cancer have paid tribute to their “brave, bubbly” girl.
Emma Sim, 17, died less than two years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Parents Heather and Graeme Sim, of Peterhead, said Emma first started to show symptoms of her condition in February last year.
Then aged 15, she and put her ill health down to stress of school exams.
But, sadly, her condition worsened and she was sent for tests at hospital in Aberdeen.
Dad Graeme added: “They did tests on her first day, she was sick and the next day she had an MRI. That’s when they spotted the tumour.”
An operation was carried out to relieve pressure on Emma’s brain and a needle biopsy confirmed that the tumour was cancerous.
Surgeons were able to remove 97% of the tumour and Peterhead Academy pupil Emma recovered well with chemotherapy.
The 17-year-old – described by her family as “caring, loving and fun” – coined the phrase “kill a tumour with humour”.
In May this year scans revealed that the tumour in Emma’s brain had returned, but this time it was too dangerous for doctors to operate again.
Heather said: “She managed to get to T in the Park with her cousin, but she really went down hill from around July. In August she took a seizure and began to deteriorate.”
She died at home, surrounded by her family.
Her now want her legacy to be a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the condition.
Throughout their daughter’s battle with cancer, the Sims were shocked by how little funding was available for research.
The couple and Emma’s sister Ellie have set about raising money and awareness.
Mrs Sim said: “Mostly it’s funded by families who are going through it. It’s crazy. You don’t realise until it actually happens just how many children get brain tumours.”
Since her death on November 19, pupils at Peterhead Academy have raised more than £3,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity and a further £1,850 was collected at her funeral.
The teenager’s uncle also undertook a 280-mile bike ride from Cambodia to Vietnam, raising a further £6,500 in the process.
In an effort to co-ordinate the funding the family have now set up a JustGiving page and are appealing for donations. The fundraising page can be found at www.justgiving.com/emma-sim17