Terminally ill Westlife superfan hopes to fulfil her dream to meet Shane Filan
The family of a Westlife superfan who was diagnosed with terminal cancer have launched a social media campaign, which they hope will fulfil her dying wish to meet Irish singer Shane Filan.
Emma Clayson (23) was told by doctors she had three months to live in October after being diagnosed with terminal skin cancer, which had spread throughout her body.
The British woman has been an avid follower of Westlife for more than a decade and had purchased tickets to Shane Filan’s solo concert in Northampton next month.
Emma’s family hope that she will have the opportunity to meet her idol before she passes away and her sister Becky took to Facebook to make an emotional plea to bring the pair together.
"For people that don't know my sister Emma is terminally ill with cancer and has got a matter of weeks left with us,” Becky wrote.
"Em’s has concert tickets to see Shane Filan at Royal on Saturday March 5. Unfortunately she can't go as she is completely bedridden and unable to move anymore.
"All she wants is to meet him to say hello and have a picture with him as her last wish. We've tried contacting his Twitter several times and no response, please like and share this post and get the word around! Please help my sister have her last wish,” she wrote.
Speaking to The Northampton Post, Becky revealed that her sister has attended more than 30 Westlife concerts in her short life, and has chosen one of their songs to be played at her funeral.
"For me, I would be so happy for the rest of my life, just knowing she was happy - because it is aboslutely heartbreaking and devastating right now, seeing her like this,” she told the publication.
"She is my eldest sister but she is just two years older, so we grew up like twins really. We are really close-knit family, and seeing her not being able to do anything and seeing my mum have to be pretty much her carer is really hard.
"We are just trying so hard now to make sure she is comfortable and happy."
"She really does have a heart of gold and would simply light up a room."