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 nine year old in 4th grade. We are so fortunate that Emma has been cancer free for over five years and that she is a thriving little girl. She amazes us every day!
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 that we will continue doing so as Team Emma, an officially recognized charity under IRC Section 501(c)(3)!
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