This is the heartbreaking moment an eight-year-old kissed her dying mum just a few days before she lost her battle with cancer.
Roxy Fenn was pictured giving her sick mum Vicky a tender kiss as she lay in her hospice bedside. Just a few days later, Vicky, who was given two years to live after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, passed away. The heartbreaking news came just a year after Roxy’s dad Bob passed away in his sleep, leaving Roxy now an orphan. It was announced in a Facebook post on Vicky’s Facebook page, Fenn’s Fighters. The post on Thursday read: ‘It’s with a heavy heart that I have to let you all know that Vicky went to sleep at 11.30 last night. ‘She was peaceful, pain free and surrounded by Family. Her fight is over. ‘Thank you all for your kind messages of love and support over the last few days and we will share funeral arrangements next week. Lots of love to all Fenn’s Fighters.’ Vicky’s older sister Teresa Cameron, 41, has since paid tribute to the ‘strong’ mum.
She told Metro.co.uk: ‘Vicky always had a smile on her face. They’ve had so many bad things happen to them over the last three years, big changes to her life since Bob died but she never let that get her down. She carried on and kept smiling. ‘She was sad she didn’t have more time, obviously it all came quite quickly at the end, but the thing with her is that she never once felt sorry for herself. ‘She was always thinking about Roxy and us and how we were going to cope. She never said why me or never showed any anger. ‘Vicky had really strong beliefs that she’d be reunited with her husband Bob and I think that gave her strength.’ Earlier this year, Vicky revealed her heartbreak at knowing her daughter would grow up without parents.
Her partner Bob passed away in his sleep aged 55 in 2015 following several heart problems. Roxy was just five at the time.
Roxy was just five at the time.
It then got worse when a year later, Vicky discovered a lump in her breast in July 2016, which was then diagnosed as stage 3 grade 3 invasive lobular triple negative breast cancer. Vicky told Mirror Online in February: ‘Roxy’s already lost a parent. And now she’s facing the prospect of losing both her mummy and daddy. I’m not the unlucky one, she is.’ Doctors initially told Vicky her cancer was extremely rare for women her age but that it was curable.
However, the disease had spread to her bones and by May 2017, she was told it was terminal. The 38-year-old said she told her daughter the truth and immediately booked a flight to Florida for a ‘bucket list holiday’. She also started putting together a memory box for Roxy, which she filled with cards and gifts for her daughter to open as she grows up. Vicky said at the time: ‘I’m buying birthdays, engagement and wedding cards. She’ll have a big box, and it will say when she can open each one. I want to write her letters, too. I want her to know I’m always there.
‘I’m going to be crocheting two blankets for her. It’s for her first baby. I’m doing one in blue and one in pink,’ she added. The mum also started a petition calling for the age for mandatory mammograms to be reduced. At the moment, only women between the ages of 50 and 70 are offered screenings on the NHS every three years.
Roxy will now be looked after by her sister and will live with her cousins. Aunt Teresa said: ‘Roxy is doing okay. Obviously it’s a total change for her because my sister lived in Essex and we live in Cambridge. ‘She’s got to live with us, in a new neighbourhood, new school, but she’s coping really well. As she is such a caring girl, she’d often help her mum out, make her cups of tea, but now she can be a child again.’ ‘I’ve got two children, a boy aged 17 and a girl, who is 13. My daughter has sort of taken on the role of big sister now. She’s taken her out to play and meet some of the other children in the area.’