Fundraising in memory of Stephanie

Stephanie's mum, and dad brother.
Stephanie's mum, and dad brother.

A family has thrown a fundraising party in memory of their daughter who died of cancer aged just 17.

Stephanie Vescio, from Ellington, passed away 12 years ago from Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer found in the bone or soft tissue of the femur, humerus, ribs or collar bone.

Glenda Vescio, Stephanie’s mother, said: “Stephanie started to complain about an intermittent pain in her hip. We thought it might be growing pains or even pain from playing netball at school. The complaints started to get more frequent and that’s when we decided to get it checked out.

“When we found out Stephanie had cancer, we were devastated; she had a year of remission after two treatments of chemo and radiotherapy, before the cancer re-occurred in her lungs and then her brain, until Stephanie couldn’t hang on any longer. She was so brave and we all miss her every day.”

To celebrate what would’ve been Stephanie’s 30th birthday, her family and friends gathered at Riverside Lodge in Morpeth for a charity night to raise money for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research fund (NECCR).

The Cocktails for a Cure event was a huge success, raising almost £3,300 for the charity.