Emma’s mum, Jennifer Squire, her stepsister, Aayliah Quinn, Emma and her father Aaron Guyer. Photo: Bruno Saia.

Family looking to fulfil Emma’s dreams


Emma Guyer was with her family in Christchurch a few weeks ago for her three-monthly MRI scan and the news was not good.

Doctors said that a tumour in her brain had grown significantly and fast.

Emma is a usually-smiley 12-year-old girl who was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour. It is the third time she has had to fight cancer.

Emma was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour at the age of 6, which was successfully removed and treated with radiation. Then the unthinkable happened – the tumour returned in the spine at the age of 8, but was successfully treated. Then, recently, there was news that her brain tumour had returned.

“Emma is just doing wherever she wants to do,” says her mum, Jennifer Squire. “She is still recovering from a bypass, so she’s been quite tired, but she popped in to see her friends, which was nice. The school is being supportive for her to do just her favourite classes, such as art,” she says.

What she wants is to go to Gold Coast in Australia, and the family aims to do it as soon as possible.

A fundraiser for Emma’s bucket list trip will be on 4 October, from 4.30 to 6pm, at the Hydroslide at Nelson Fun Park in Tahunanui. There will be raffles, barbeque, sausage sizzle.

“And even a wee garage sale to make as much as they can for the holiday that Emma’s desires so much and wants to make memories for the family and friends,” says her father Aaron Guyer.

“I’m very excited that trip,” says Emma. “I just want to go there, especially for the theme parks and the beaches,” she says.

Anyone keen to help can also access Emma’s Givealittle page at:      https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/emma-guyer-our-inspiration