No one is prepared to hear that word after a routine doctor exam quickly escalated into a diagnosis and treatment plan.
We weren't prepared - not when you’re talking about my five month old baby girl.
Emory was suffering from a Wilm’s Tumor, a cancerous growth consuming her left kidney and growing so fast it had overtaken 70% of her abdomen. Emergency surgery removed her kidney and the cancerous growth within. A second surgery followed to have a broviac/port placed in her chest where 28 weeks of chemotherapy treatments would be administered. She concluded those series of treatments two months before her first birthday.
It is the only word that we prepared to hear throughout Emory’s treatment and recovery.
Now almost five years old, she is happy, healthy and cancer-free.
Emory was recently granted her Make-A-Wish and, not surprisingly, chose a trip to Disney World.
She will never remember the difficulties of her surgery and treatment, but will enjoy a Wish that she will certainly never forget.
Make-A-Wish grants thousands of unique wishes each year – but that only makes up 50% of eligible kids. More kids with critical illnesses and their families deserve to know the happiness, relief and renewal a wish can bring. This organization depends on fundraising to fulfill wishes and we are excited to do our part in raising funds for future wishes.
That is why we're Wishing It Foward and participating in the Make-A-Wish “Trailblaze Challenge” on May 5: a 28.3-mile mountain trail starting at Upper Whitewater Falls, NC and ending at Oconee State Park, SC. In addition to the physical challenge, we have committed to raising money for Make-A-Wish to help grant the wishes of children like Emory. With your help, it’s possible.
Please help us support this great cause by helping us hit our “Trailblaze Challenge” fundraising goal. No dollar amount is too small and every dollar you donate is 100% tax-deductible! Thank you for your support!