On Sunday April 9, 2017, Leon Betts shared a message on Facebook.
Posting from his daughter’s Dear Melanoma account, he wrote the following:
“All good things must come to an end. At around 11:40 last night [Saturday] Emma peacefully passed away with Serge, Tamra and I at her side.
“I think my Mum summed things up rather succinctly… Emma achieved so much in 25 years, just imagine what she would have achieved if she lived to a ripe old age!”
Leon had lost his daughter, Emma, to melanoma.
She was just 21 and volunteering in East Timor when a stranger spotted a mole on her shoulder. Emma returned home to Brisbane, had the mole removed, and was told to return to Australia every three months for a check up. And she did.
Then she discovered a lump under her arm.