17/11/90 - 21/10/21
I am heartbroken to share that our beautiful Gem left us on October 21st 2021. She was surrounded by her loved ones, and I was able to spend several hours with her after she passed. We listened to country music, told gem how deeply loved she is, and when she started to feel cold, we wrapped her in blankets.
Thank you to everyone who has supported and loved on Gem during her almost 2 year battle with cancer. This is not the outcome we were hoping and praying for, but take comfort knowing that she is finally at peace.
Updates on the money raised will be released soon. For now, we are focusing on the memories we have with our beautiful Gem.
OCTOBER 15 2021 UPDATE:
Gem's cancer has now spread to her brain. The NHS can no longer help her, and she will remain in hospital until the funds can be raised for her to go with private therapy. PLEASE SHARE. PLEASE DONATE. PLEASE HELP SAVE GEM'S LIFE.
After having a routine pap smear in October 2019, Super Yacht Stewardess Gem received the heartbreaking news that she had Stage 4 Cervical Cancer. Since then, she has had various surgeries and six cycles of aggressive 8hr infusions of chemotherapy, daily targeted radiotherapy, and brachytherapy.
Gem is now gearing up for her most brutal battle yet. Lesions have been found on her liver, and she's been diagnosed with Malignant Psoas Syndrome (caused by cancer spreading to the Psoas muscles at the bottom of her spine). As a result, Gem's mobility is now restricted, a complete change for a young woman who loves to dance, hike and practice yoga.
You may know Gem from working on superyachts for the past five years, or perhaps you have followed one of her Floral tutorials on her floral design page, @floatingflorista. Even though Gem was first diagnosed while working at sea, she continued to put her Interior team first while going through the first set of treatments. This determination, kindness, and willingness to be a leader have enabled Gem to be a finalist for this year's Senior Stewardess category with the Acrew Awards.
SO. HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Gem is currently completing another round of chemo. However, her oncologist team strongly believes in IMMUNOTHERAPY.
PEMBROLIZUMAB IMMUNOTHERAPY isn't available on the NHS (the national health service in the UK)…..but it is available privately at an exorbitant cost of £10,000 PER treatment. Gem's primary oncologist can do this treatment.
Gemma would have to have up to a maximum of 35 treatments (totaling 350k). This treatment is something that Gem and her family are desperate to try if enough money can be raised to pay for it.
The financial stress of her diagnosis has been incredibly difficult for both Gem and her family. As a yachtie, Gem has always been the first to donate to fundraisers onboard, sending messages to green stews who needed advice on getting into the industry or providing free floral training to stews in between chemo treatments. Now is the time for the yachting community to give back and help Gem fight off this cancer!
If you would like any further details, please get in touch!