Hedland farewells Emma

Danielle RaffaeleNorth West Telegraph
Emma Campbell, 7
Camera IconEmma Campbell, 7

Tributes have flown for an “outgoing” and “adventurous” young Hedland girl whose life was cut short by a rare form of cancer last month.

Emma Campbell, 7, lost her battle with a rare and malignant form of the disease which forced her family to pack up their lives and move south for medical advice. Earlier this year, parents Mel and Nathan Campbell took Emma to Hedland Health Campus after she complained of a headache and feeling unwell. Emma was diagnosed with a brain tumour and flown to Perth.

Despite advice from interstate experts and multiple surgeries, she lost her battle last month.

Speaking at Emma’s service, mum Mel Campbell said Emma endured more than what was expected of most seven-year-olds and she would be forever in her heart. “You are the most courageous girl I know and a fighter until the end,” she said. “Fly high, baby girl, we love you forever and always.”

The mining community rallied around the family, holding a fundraiser at Port Hedland Yacht Club to raise money for medical costs.

Organiser and family friend Laura Strikland said the community support was overwhelming and showed the kindness of locals.

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