For Norwood Football Club CEO James Fantasia, hearing the news that his wife Emma had cancer was life changing. This November, he’s sharing their story to support the thousands of South Australians whose lives have been turned upside down by those three words.
James has always been involved in football, starting with the Norwood Football Club as a player before moving to the Adelaide Crows as the Recruiting Manager, and then on to the Western Bulldogs as their General Manager for Football.
He met and fell in love with his wife Emma in Melbourne, and they returned to Adelaide to start their lives together. Their connection was instant and they became inseparable.
“Emma fell in love with little old Adelaide and it was great to see Norwood Football Club and my friends embrace her. She really loved it here.”
Barely six months after the happy couple made their move to Adelaide, Emma received a stage 4 cervical cancer diagnosis. The news came as a crushing blow for the couple. All the pain James felt for the loss of their future together came rushing out uncontrollably.