About Emma

Aug 17

In the summer of 2016, our Emma was suddenly diagnosed with an intracranial peripheral PNET (ewing's sarcoma).  This extremely rare form of brain cancer was treated by surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.  Emma endured four operations, 11 rounds of chemo, and 25 sessions of proton radiation. 

Emma survived.  Today, she is a healthy six year old taking on first grade.  We are so fortunate that Emma has been cancer free for almost three years and that she is a thriving little girl. She amazes us every day!

Team Emma

There are so many families we have met that have not been as lucky as we have. We strongly believe that this is due to the lack of treatment options for pediatric cancer.  Even Emma's diagnosis and treatment would not have been possible 20-25 years ago.  While the medical professionals responsible for Emma's health leveraged donations and funding to save her life, only 4% of the National Cancer Institute budget is directed towards pediatric cancers.

Team Emma has been fundraising to provide support to the brain tumor program at Lurie Children’s since Emma’s diagnosis. We’re excited to announce that we will continue doing so as Team Emma, an officially recognized charity under IRC Section 501(c)(3)!

In addition to fundraising, this will be Team Emma's 4th time running the Chicago Marathon.  Thank you to this year's dedicated runners/fundraisers.


2019 Event Agenda

Aug 17, 2019


Bounce House Open

Open Bar (Beer & Wine)


Airbrush Tattoos

Balloon Animals


Roaming Magician


Byron's Hotdogs - all you can eat burgers, dogs, brats and fries


Ice Cream Truck


Magic Show


Final Raffle Ticket Sale

Raffle Prize Pulls*

              *need not be present to win


2019 Prizes

Box 1:

  • Gift Certificate for Advanced Orthodontic Specialists
    *$2,000 gift certificate towards treatment services at Advanced Orthodontic Specialists (Dr. Michael Bicknell)

Box 2:

  • Go Cubs!
    *4 tickets to the Chicago Cubs Game on Tuesday, September 3 at 7:05pm (donated by Monarch Tool & Die)
    *Pre-game food and drink for 4 at HVAC Pub in Wrigleyville
    *Baseball autographed by Anthony Rizzo (Donated by Lurie Children's)

Box 3:

  • Golf Lovers
    *Foursome at Klein Creek Golf
    *Foursome at Cantigny Golf Club
    *Foursome at Eaglewood Golf
    *$50 gift certificate for Top Golf
    *Golf session at Halfway House

Box 4:

  • Northwestern Football Game, Pre-Game Experience, and Gear
    *4 tickets to the Northwestern vs Iowa football game on October 26
    *4 pregame sideline passes
    *Northwestern Gear – t-shirts, hats, scarf, socks, umbrella (Donated by Norris Center)


Box 5:

  • Notre Dame On-Field Experience for 2
    *Pre-game campus tour, exclusive lunch, and on-field experience with players and staff immediately before kickoff.  The experience is hosted by a former ND player on October 5 for the Notre Dame vs Bowling Green game (Does NOT include tickets to the game. Game Tickets MUST be purchased separately)

     *NFL 100 Duke Football ($100 value)

Box 6:

  • Custom t-shirt Quilt
    *Custom made t-shirt memory quilt from incredible seamstress, Susan Woods. Winner will choose colors and send t-shirts to Susan who will make the quilt

Box 7:

  • Photo Session, Shopping, Spa, and Dinner
    *Photo session with Lulu Moments Photography ($275 value)
    *Beauty services at Evolve Beauty Bar
    *RedE shopping party
    *$50 gift certificate to Devon Seafood

Box 8:

  • Chicago Package A
    *2 tickets to Comedy Sportz ($50 value)
    *4 tickets to Willis Tower Sky Deck ($100 value)
    *4 tickets to the Shedd aquarium ($160 value)
    *$100 gift certificate to Safehouse

Box 9:

  • Chicago Package B
    *Chicago Bulls Pennant signed by the team
    *4 tickets to the Chicago Sports museum ($40 value)
    *Peggy Notebaert museum family membership ($60 value)
    *4 tickets to a Chicago White Sox game
    *$25 gift certificate to Lou Malnati’s

Box 10:

  • Baseball Gear and Memorabilia
    *A2K Pro Stock Wilson Baseball mitt ($360 value)
    *Anthony Rizzo Autographed Photo (Donated by Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation)
    *Jason Heyward Autographed Photo (Donated by Chicago Cubs)
    *$50 gift certificate to Bacci

Box 11:

  • Kids Fun Package
    *4 tickets to Santa’s Village
    *Family pass to Lamb’s Farm
    *Enchanted Castle Family Fun Pack ($73 value)
    *Classic Cinemas (4 movie tickets)
    *4 jump passes to SkyZone
    *$25 fudge certificate to Kilwin’s
    *Magic kit (Donated by Danny Orleans Corporate Magic)

Box 12:

  • Elmhurst City Centre Fun
    *$100 gift certificate to Francesca’s
    *$50 gift card to Cottage Hill Diamonds
    *$50 gift certificate to Bacci
    *$50 gift certificate to City Centre (donated by Anne Zimmer, L.W. Real Estate)
    *$25 gift card to Hazyl
    *$25 gift card to Bread and Butter
    *Enzee Shopping Spree and $25 off
    *$30 gift card to Tropical Sno

Box 13:

  • Little Kids package
    *Back to School Board from Time Snap Shop
    *Baby Quilt made by Heidi Laurila
    *Family pass to Lamb’s Farm
    *Magic Set (Donated by Danny Orleans Corporate Magic)
    *$50 Country House gift certificate

Box 14:

  • Future Stars and Kids Fun
    *4 tickets to a Chicago Dogs game
    *2 tickets to a Chicago Wolves game ($46 value)
    *4 tickets to a Kane County Cougars game ($52 value)
    *$45 gift card to FunZone
    *Lambs Farm family pass
    *AVP replica volleyball from Wilson ($25 value)
    *Magic Set (Donated by Danny Orleans Corporate Magic)
    *Limited edition Chicago Bears photo

Box 15:

  • Escape Room Night Out
    *Certificate for 4 at The Room Upstairs escape room
    *$150 gift certificate to Victory Meat & Seafood
    *$25 gift certificate for Pints

Box 16:

  • Boxing Class, Drinks and Pizza
    *Private Boxing class for 20 at Title Boxing
    *$100 gift certificate to The Club
    *$50 gift certificate for Bacci

Box 17:

  • Food Sampler
    *$140 catering certificate for Chick-fil-A
    *Panera bread for a year certificate ($84 value)
    *$50 gift certificate to Bacci
    *5 Free meal cards for Currito
    *$20 gift card to Courageous Bakery

Box 18:

  • Get in Shape
    *Burn 95 Wilson tennis racquet ($170 value)
    *FittRx personal training sessions ($80 value)
    *Dailey Method free month of classes
    *$50 gift certificate for Fleet Feet

Box 19:

  • Honey Can Do package ($190 value)
    *Nesting Geo Baskets
    *Rolling Garment Rack
    *Rolled Paper Rope Hamper
    *So Fresh Laundry Bag


Team Emma 2020

We are Never Gonna Give Up


Team Emma Extravaganza


August 22, 2020


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Elmhurst, IL

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