Obituary of Emma Clarke
It is with overwhelming sadness the family of Emma Clarke announce that she gained her angel wings in the arms of her loving parents at the Janeway Children’s hospital on March 22nd, 2020. Emma was 6 ½ years old and lived in Victoria.
Emma loved life, healthy or sick, she loved all adventures! Emma loved to sing, dance, paint, color, play with her many dolls and legos and spending time with her family and friends. Emma loved to dress up and wore fancy dresses and shoes as often as she could, she always sparkled! She loved to go camping and was always up for a game of hide and seek! During her journey at the Janeway she loved playing with all her nurses and child life staff, the adventures and pranks she had with you all will be cherished forever, you all certainly made an impact on her life. She lived life to the fullest all the time.
Emma is survived by her parents Glenn and Courtney (Blundon) Clarke and her “bestest brother in the world” Ryan Clarke. Emma also leaves to mourn her grandparents, Evelyn and Robert Clarke, Heart’s Desire; Eileen (Meema) and Bill Matthews, New Perlican; Frank Blundon (Mary Wong) of Mount Pearl; Glenn’s sister and Emma’s Auntie Jenn and Uncle Corey Butt and Emma’s only cousin Hannah Carbonear; many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins of Glenn and Courtney’s – special Cousins Jillian Balsom (Emma’s Godmother) and Catherine Balsom Pennell (Blair Pennell) of St. John’s, and special cousin Gwen (Blundon) Parsons, John, Avery and Carly of Paradise, all of whom were such a wonderful support to Emma through the past 2 years. Close friends Krystle Drover (Emma’s godmother), Dean, Claire, Lily Drover and Logan George of Kingston, NS; Jeremy Smith (Emma’s godfather), Trish and best friend Eve Smith, Western Bay; Renee MacGregor, Torquil, Kelton, Landen and Isla MacGregor, Stonehaven, Scotland; Amanda, Brian, Avery, and Landon Critch of Paradise. Emma also gained many friends on her journey, Ronda, Natalia and Hayden Williams, Labrador City; Sharon Penney, Shawn, Damien and Sophie Smale, Goose Bay; Kelly Earle and Sammi Jo James, Point Leamington; Joanne Mayo and Rianna Brenton, Burin, just to name a few who touched our lives. Also survived by a large circle of family, friends and supporters.
Emma fought a courageous battle with cancer for the past 2 years and made a lasting impression on those she met on her journey. Emma was a fighter to the end and always wore a big smile throughout all the surgeries and treatments. She was brave beyond words. Even on her worse days she had a smile and a laugh or giggle at something. Her smile lit up the room. She sparkled!
There are so many people that have helped Emma over her journey that it is impossible to mention everyone. A special thanks to the Janeway Children’s Hospital, Toronto Sick Kids Hospital; Ronald McDonald House, St. John’s and Toronto, ON. Her Care team which included Janeway Medicine, Surgery, Medical daycare, Child Life staff, and Kitchen staff. The Nurses and Doctors at the Janeway will always have such a special place in our hearts, the support you all gave us throughout this entire journey will never be forgotten. She loved you all so very much. Emma’s Janeway teachers Joanne Mercer and Jill Cluney who Emma completed Kindergarten with, she made such wonderful memories with you both, that will be cherished forever. Also, all the staff, teachers, students and families of Persalvic Elementary School, Victoria. Emma’s time there may have been short, but it was impactful! She loved school and all her teachers and school mates. There are just so many people who have helped to support, fundraise and pray for our family from all over the world they are just too numerous to mention, please know we appreciate each and every thing you have done for our family. It is overwhelming the amount of family, friends, church and public support we have received. A special thank you to Glenn’s employer Belfor Property Restoration, Islaview Foundation, Candlelighters Association, Children’s Wish Foundation, Give Kids the World resort, Kissimmee, Florida; Dr.Jack Hand Legacy Foundation, Tyler Robinson Foundation, WLHM Crochet for Cancer, Grimsby, ON, Shoppers Drug Mart, Torbay Road, St. John’s, St. James Anglican Church, Carbonear, United Church, Victoria, Victoria Fire Department, Victoria Recreation Committee, New Perlican Recreation Committee, Heart’s Desire Recreation Committee; to Rev. Ed Keeping, Rev. Irene Sutton and Rev. Gloria Wendover for their support to the family.
Memorials may be made to the Clarke family to help with expenses or made to a charity of one’s choice.
Cremation has taken place. “Look for my star in the night sky, I’ll be in heaven shining bright”. It can be found by using the OSR Star Finder app. Download the app at osr.org/app. Then use the code RPP498266 to find the star.
Due to Covid 19 pandemic, Emma’s celebration of life will take place at a later date at St. James Anglican Church, Bond Street, Carbonear. with Rev. Irene Sutton and Rev. Gloria Wendover officiating, to be followed by a reception which will also be announced.
The family may be contacted by mail at Box 1096, Victoria, NL. A0B 4G0.
Quote from Tyler Robinson: - “The real battle is not whether you live or die; it is how you respond to the challenge”
"Emma's oncology team at the Janeway hospital, St. John's have advised the family that Emma's stay away from home could be much longer than the 8 months she spent away from home during the last bout of treatments and may include going to Sick Kids, Toronto again. For that reason, they have taken an apartment in St. John's area and still have their home in Victoria, hence the need for the increase in the amount required."
Update: November 2019
Since her surgery Emma is undergoing further chemo treatments since October 28th; 5 days one week, then 2 weeks off for recovery all the while being monitored for her blood and immune system as that is a big concern. In a few weeks, another CT scan will be done; we pray for good results.
In February 2018, Emma was admitted to the Janway Hospital. Doctors found a tumour that consumed an entire kidney. The kidney was removed and Emma was found to have Wilms Cancer, rare cancer that primarily affects young children. After surgery Emma underwent weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments until September 2018.
Emma then returned home to normal life enjoying dance classes and starting school. Sadly in November 2018, her cancer returned and she endured another surgery and again weeks of chemo and radiation finishing August 2019. She actually graduated from kindergarten during her stay at the Janeway.
By August 2019, Emma was home and starting to enjoy life, returning to school with her friends. In October 2019, during a routine scan, everyone was saddened to learn that Emma's cancer had again returned for the third time, and on October 9, 2019, she had her third surgery.
She now enters this battle with cancer for the third time and has a long road ahead. She has started another round of chemo treatment.
October 10th - Emma's 6th birthday!!
Just a quick update. Emma has had surgery and is recovering in the hospital. The next step is to figure out a treatment plan once the results are received. The surgery portion may be done but she has a ways to go on this journey yet. She is one tough cookie!! Thank you for all the prayers and positive thoughts!!!
Unfortunately, it's time to get sharing this link again as Emma starts her 3rd battle. She has to have yet another tumour removed this Wednesday, the day before her 6th birthday this time. Please keep Emma in your prayers and if you are in a position where you can donate to help relieve the financial burden, the link is attached. Please share and keep Emma in your prayers. ❤❤
** The first $13000 showing on this Page was raised from the initial diagnosis to the first relapse and was used to support the family during that time; we thank you. With the additional relapse, we need to help them in the coming months as they face another surgery and treatment.
An update in the life of Emma Clarke and family - they are at the Janeway Children’s Hospital in St. John’s since Nov. 19th again! Emma came down with a fever. The fever was not what they had originally thought, unfortunately they are facing a relapse of the cancer. There is another mass which has developed in the void where the diseased kidney was removed last March. Originally they knew the lymph node near the kidney had been affected, but were confident that the aggressive course of treatment had taken care of any cells that were left behind....... unfortunately it did not. The family is beyond devastated to be facing this again so shortly after celebrating that it was over. Courtney was just able to start applying for jobs to get back in the work force and get the family on its feet once again. Glenn just started a new job in St. John’s. They had just gotten a sense of normal life again. Emma was cancer free mid September and now this! They have fought this once and will do it again. Emma is a very strong and resilient little girl and she faces most everything with a smile and a giggle. Glenn put it in the best words (during the first journey), Emma will get us thru this with her smile and ability to find joy in every situation. Ryan is aware of what is going on so please keep that in mind especially at school, he is worried but knows we will concur this again. He is spending this time while we are in St. John’s with Mom and Bill in New Perlican. Please help if you can as the expenses of being in St. John’s and coming back and forth to see Ryan, along with medical expenses are back once more! After this week’s surgery the next rounds of chemo will run differently that before, she will be admitted to hospital for one week at a time, so they will have to be in there for extended periods of time over a longer road that last time. Thank you for your help! Please pray for Emma’s complete recovering this time!
** The first $8000 showing on this Go Fund Me was raised from March to mid August and was used to support the family during that time; we thank you. With the relapse we need to help them in the coming months from the $8000 point for the 2nd bout of cancer.
As many of you already know, Emma was admitted to the Janeway on February 22nd due to a lump in her belly. With a CT scan and some tests it was discovered that Emma had a tumor on her left kidney that had consumed the entire kidney. She had that kidney removed on March 2nd and has recovered well from that. Upon further testing of the tumor it was found that it was a type of cancer called Wilms. And although the tumor was completely removed Emma's parents and brother Ryan were given the dreaded news that she would have to endure 6 to 8 months of chemotherapy. This means weekly or biweekly trips to the Janeway for chemo for a long period of time. They have been in the Janeway for 3 weeks now and another week to go. Not to mention the trips to come over the next 6 to 8 months. This has been extremely stressful on their family financially. Emma's Mom is self employed as a babysitter and due to the vulnerability of Emma’s immune system during the chemo, Courtney will no longer be able to do this, so her income is completely gone. Although Emma's health care team are confident that she will rise through this and be even stronger after; it will be a long road to the end of this journey for this family. Please help us alleviate this major financial stress so they can concentrate on Emma's health and well being during this difficult and long road.
Jill here - I am Courtney's cousin and I will be organizing this page and handling the funds going forward for Emma and her family on their journey to recovery. If you have any questions about this process or this site, please feel free to contact me.
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