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A romantic gift for a dying girl

Cops For Cancer honours memory of Emma Guild

Photo courtesy of Vancouver Police Department

Before Emma Guild, right, died in June from inoperable brain cancer, she went on several dates with her friend Isaiah Moroney.

In the last weeks of her life, 10-year-old Emma Guild got dressed in a cream-coloured gown and shawl and, forgoing the wig that her parents had bought for her, went on a date with Isaiah Moroney, her friend since kindergarten.

“It was a very bright part at the end of her life,” said her father Michael Guild.

“She got to have a bit of romance that we all thought she’d never get that chance.”

Emma died June 27.

Her father spoke yesterday at a press conference to promote Cops For Cancer, an annual bicycle tour that raises money for children with cancer.

In 2006, Emma was diagnosed with a brain tumour and was operated on the next day. The surgery left her mute and partially paralyzed.

In the months that followed, she recovered somewhat, regaining her speech and some of her mobility.

But in May, the cancer returned. Doctors said it was terminal and she had three to six months to live.

In the last couple weeks though, Isaiah, a school friend, took her out to dinner and to a concert — with both of their parents in tow.

“We are glad that she had a little bit of romance,” Michael Guild said.

“Those dates meant more to her than anything that anyone could possibly have given her.”

program goal

  • Across the province, Cops For Cancer aims to raise $3 million for children with cancer. More information on the Sept. 20-29 tour can be found at www.cancer.ca/copsforcancerbc.

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