Emma Betts, founder of Dear Melanoma, has passed away aged 25.
On Sunday morning, her father Leon shared a message on the Dear Melanoma Facebook page.
“All good things must come to an end,” he wrote. “At around 11:40 last night 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!”
Mia Freedman recently interviewed Emma Betts in an extremely moving episode of No Filter. Post continues after audio.
Leon wanted those who knew Emma or were touched by her story to know that her death doesn’t signify the end of Dear Melanoma or Love, Emma (a site dedicated to care packages for life’s hardest moments).
“Maybe too late for Emma, but there are a lot of people that Emma still wants to save…this is her legacy and we will honour it,” wrote Leon.
Mia Freedman recently interviewed Emma, who knew she had only months to live.
Emma was volunteering in East Timor when she found the mole on her shoulder. “A stranger pointed it out, and said I should get it checked,” she recalled. She came back to Australia, where a biopsy was performed and found it was something similar to melanoma but not quite. Emma was told she needed to return to Brisbane from East Timor every three months for check-ups.
Emma dreamed of working in international aide. She’d been studying international relations at university and she always wanted a family.