Brave Emma continues charity campaign despite cancer battle

Author Emma Hannigan

Melanie Finn

author Emma Hannigan has launched a new campaign to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Ireland (BCI) in the wake of her own health battle.

The writer, who has revealed that she's reaching the end of the road in her 10-year battle with cancer, is now focusing her energies on trying to fundraise for the organisation.

She thanked all her supporters for their "gorgeous comments and kind messages" and said that each one helps her and her family during this "hideous time". Emma said that as a BCI ambassador she's been too ill to do much for it in recent times so has felt as "useful as a chocolate teapot".

"If you'd like to make a difference to cancer care and help create new cures I'd love it if you could text CURE to 50300.

"That will cost you €4, but I promise it will help. Without new drugs I wouldn't have had the last 10 years with my family and you guys," she added.

The mum-of-two has received a wealth of support for her campaign this week, which is being backed by TV3's Elaine show, which featured Emma as a regular contributor.

Presenter Elaine Crowley said that she is now getting a tattoo in honour of her friend and wants to help her drum up as much cash as possible.


"I love Emma, she's the best person I know and it's so like her to be thinking of others at such a horrible time," she told the Herald.

"She gave me a voucher for a tattoo for my birthday and we were going to go together to get one done.

"That's not possible now but I'm getting a lovely sparkly uniform for my lovely, sparkly friend and to also raise vital money for BCI to help them research a cure."

Emma recently released her new book, Letters To My Daughters, which is heading towards the number one spot after Dubray Books said it will give all the profits towards the Irish Cancer Society.

In 2005, Emma discovered that she was carrying the BRCA1 cancer gene.

It meant she had an 85pc chance of developing breast cancer and a 50pc chance of developing ovarian cancer.

To reduce her risk to 5pc, the brave mum opted for preventative surgery and in 2006 Emma had a double mastectomy and had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.

However, in 2007, in spite of the surgery, she was diagnosed with cancer for the first time and an 11-year battle ensued.

Emma revealed at the weekend that she was "taking a bow" after her medical team told her that all avenues had been exhausted, sparking a huge outpouring of support.

"To say that I am heartbroken doesn't begin to cover it," she said.