Doncaster mum, 28, leaves messages of love for young sons after her death

Emma Rock and husband Phil Rock on their wedding day. Emma passed away after battling a brain tumour in October 2014
Emma Rock and husband Phil Rock on their wedding day. Emma passed away after battling a brain tumour in October 2014

A devoted 28-year-old mother of two who died from a rare brain tumour discovered at an optician’s appointment has left her sons a series of letters from heaven.

Emma Rock’s boys Seth and Evan were aged just one and two when the courageous mum lost her battle to the aggressive tumour.

Emma Rock with sons Evan and Seth

Emma Rock with sons Evan and Seth

But, determined to play a role in their lives as they grew up, Emma left behind a series of birthday cards and even letters to open on their wedding days.

Family and friends of Emma have now organised a charity festival on Sunday to remember the courageous young woman.

Emma’s husband Phil Rock, who is now a stay-at-home dad caring for Evan, now three, and two-year-old Seth, has paid tribute to his brave wife who died on October 25 last year.

Phil, 34, of Ings Way Arksey, said: “Emma was a stay-at-home mum and she loved it. She was so devoted to the boys. Even when she was poorly she wanted to look after them.

“Emma said to me that she was scared about not seeing the boys grow up. She wanted to leave birthday cards for the boys so they have cards for the next few years and then for big birthdays like 16 and 18 and for when they get married.

“The children were too young when Emma was diagnosed so we didn’t tell them but now they are older they say that mummy is a star in the sky – and we always look at the stars together.”

Emma had been experiencing migraines and sickness and thought she may need glasses but the routine trip to the optician turned into a nightmare when a mass was discovered behind her right eye in June 2013.

After a visit to hospital Emma was diagnosed with a grade three Oligodendroglioma brain tumour.

She underwent a series of operations, including having part of her skull and brain removed after complications, but in June last year was given the devastating news nothing more could be done.

Last year friends and family arranged the Emma Rock Rocks festival and on Sunday another event will be held in her memory. The Emma Rock Memorial Festival will take place from 2pm on the Arksey Cost Cutter Field featuring live music, entertainment and stalls.

Money will be split between Eve Merton’s Dream Trust and Magnolia Lodge, who helped Emma and her family during her illness.

Admission is £2.50 adults, £1 children.