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My daughter passed away at the age of 14 just six weeks after a beautiful prom photo was taken – I was left with indescribable sadness

A DAD has told how his teenage daughter died just six weeks after posing for a beautiful prom photo.

Tony Holmes, from Bilton-in-Ainsty, North Yorkshire, said he “couldn’t begin to describe” the grief following the death of his daughter Connie.

Connie at her prom just six weeks before she tragically passed away

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Connie at her prom just six weeks before she tragically passed awayCredit: MEN Media
Connie, dad Tony, mom Judith and little brother Harvey in Paris before she died

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Connie, dad Tony, mom Judith and little brother Harvey in Paris before she diedCredit: MEN Media

One day Connie had started to feel pain in the left side of her body and eventually she could no longer use her hand

Connie was sent by her GP to Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) where she was eventually diagnosed with the aggressive and rare cancer Ewing’s sarcoma, which occurs in bones or the soft tissues surrounding them. Sadly, she eventually passed away in August 2015.

Tony, a retired social worker, said: “You can’t describe the grief when a child dies.

“It is a veil and a fog. You just stumble through from one day to the next.

“It’s so important to have beautiful things to look back on — special moments, special memories to keep alive in your heart.”

When Connie was referred to LGI, an MRI revealed a significant “swelling” in her throat.

Tony, 59, recalled: “We were initially told it was probably benign but she needed immediate surgery and would be on the operating table for at least 12 hours.

“Connie just went pale with fear. After that, her oncologist came to us and told us as calmly and gently as possible that it was probably not benign.”

The operation confirmed that Connie’s tumor was malignant. She was then rushed into multiple rounds of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

Connie was then referred to Make-A-Wish, which facilitated a trip to Paris with her father, mother Judith and little brother Harvey in October 2014.

Tragically, Connie relapsed shortly thereafter and died in August 2015.

Tony said: “Connie has always loved musicals and Les Miserables was her favourite. She just wanted to visit Paris and in particular to have dinner at the Eiffel Tower.

“The volunteer wish makers that came to Connie were great. She found it hard to choose a wish, but they made her believe that she deserved to have whatever wish she wanted.

“After her death, the memory of that journey brought us so much comfort. Having the pictures to look back on – these things can be a light in the darkest of days.

What is Ewing’s sarcoma?

Ewing’s sarcoma, or Ewing’s sarcoma, is a rare type of cancer that affects bones or the tissues around bones.

It is more common in men and mainly affects children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 20.

The main areas affected by Ewing’s sarcoma are the legs (around the knees), pelvis, arms, ribs and spine.

Because the condition is so rare and often requires complicated treatment, you may be referred to a specialist team for your treatment.

Symptoms include bone pain that can get worse over time and at night, a tender lump or swelling, and a high temperature that doesn’t go away.

Sufferers may also feel constantly tired and experience weight loss.

Because bones tend to be weaker, they are prone to fracture, with many people being diagnosed after a fracture.

“Her brother Harvey chose to do a short animation of this journey at the grief group he attended. Even years later, the memories of that time help keep her a part of our family and stay alive in our minds, our memories and our hearts. “

Tony plans to host the Great North Run this fall to raise money for Make-A-Wish. He will run alongside Connie’s brother Harvey and their childhood friend David, as well as David’s father Ian.

He added: “Whether you are making a donation, fundraising or volunteering with Make-A-Wish UK, knowing that you are helping a critically ill child create special memories with their family is a privilege.

June 1-7 is Volunteer Week and Make-A-Wish is currently looking for volunteers to help out with kids like Connie.

Emma Vizor, Volunteer Engagement Lead at Make-A-Wish UK said: “Our vision is a world where every discerning child, like Connie, makes their wish come true.

“But with over 60,000 British children eligible for a wish, we currently do not have enough volunteers to make this vision a reality. Right now, donating your time is as powerful an impact on achieving our vision as donations and fundraising.

“As Tony’s story demonstrates, the power of a wish brings light and joy to children and their loved ones, leaving a profound and lasting impact on their entire lives.

“By coming here today, you can play an important role in this process and help light up the darkness for seriously ill children and their families across the UK.”

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Sarah Y. Kim

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