Young Man’s Wife Died Days After Their Wedding

Jake Coates met Emmy Collett, his childhood sweetheart when they were both only 11 years old. In 2016, the 30-year-olds tied the know. But before they walked down the aisle, they received some life-changing news.

A selfie of Jake Coates and Emmy Collett.
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Emmy was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She had no idea how much time she had left, but she one thing: she wanted to marry the love of her life. Come June the following year, Emmy succumbed to the disease. A year later, on their anniversary, Jake posted a heartfelt tribute to his late wife.

She Was His Lobster

He said he “couldn’t sleep” the night before their big day, adding that he misses her more than ever. “There wasn’t a day that went by when we were together that I didn’t pinch myself – why someone like you would choose someone like me.”

ake and Emmy embrace while on a plane.
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When they were 13, Jake told Emmy that she was “his lobster” (a Friends reference). “When we were 16 we finally sought the courage to fully admit our feelings for each other and we dated for three years,” she had said.

The Bad News

After drifting apart when they both went to college, the couple reunited in 2015, a year before their wedding. Jake was working as a doctor in Sydney and Emmy as a teacher in London. They relied on FaceTime to talk every day.

Jake and Emmy on their wedding day.
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Weeks after a holiday in the Philippines, Emmy got the news of the cancer. Jake was in Australia when she got the news, so he immediately flew back to the UK to be with her. Then Emmy got the news that the cancer had already spread to her spine, lungs, liver and bones.

Tandem Bike Rides for Charity

Worse, she was told that if she had been diagnosed earlier, she likely could have made a full recovery if the disease. A JustGiving page was set up in her honor to raise funds for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Jake and Emmy show off their matching bike tattoos.
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The couple even went on a 2,000 km tandem bike ride, from London to Copenhagen, to raise funds for the same charity. In his tribute to Emmy, he wrote, “My co-captain on my bike. My best friend. My lobster. My wife. And truly my hero.”