English makeup artist Demi Wright started suffering pain in her side in November 2015, but she didn’t seek help until the aches began spreading to the rest of her body.
Doctors initially placed Wright in a maternity ward, but they later realized she was producing hormones related to pregnancy because she had a 12 cm tumor. Wright was diagnosed with terminal adenocarcinoma, which forms in mucus-secreting glands throughout the body, including the lungs, pancreas, esophagus and colon, according to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
On Feb. 23, three weeks after Wright was transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, she died, leaving her friends and family devastated.
“We feel robbed,” Wright’s boyfriend, Mitch Gregory, told the Essex County Standard. “It needs to be stressed how much courage she had. She’s our inspiration now.”
Wright’s parents were also stunned, but remembered their daughter as compassionate until the end. “She didn’t have a bad bone in her body. She had an infectious, beautiful smile and it showed her personality off,” said her father, Army Captain Chris Wright.
“It’s been devastating. When we found out it was terminal, she lifted herself up, she patted the bed and said, ‘Dad, come and sit here’. She gave me a big hug and said, ‘It’s going to be okay.’
“The next day, she passed away.”
Wright’s cousin Zoe Gilchrist plans on running in Cancer Research UK's Race for Life this year in her memory. So far, Gilchrist has raised 99 percent of her funding goal. “By sponsoring me, we can unite and create an army that cancer can't ignore. By sponsoring me, we will beat cancer sooner,” she wrote.