2013 Ambassador Emily is living it up in the Big Apple as a student at New York University. Meanwhile, her mom is on the other side of the country in California. Despite the distance, Emily made sure her mom is feeling loved for Mother’s Day — read Emily’s touching letter below.
Emily and her mom have a close relationship.
First off, happy Mother’s Day! I love you so much, which I hope you already know. I hope you can understand how difficult it is for me to write this letter because you (and Dad and Max) mean more to me than everything in the world.
The much-anticipated movie “The Fault in Our Stars,” based on the bestselling young adult novel about two teens with cancer, hits theaters today. We checked in with 2013 Ambassador Emily, 18, who spent half of her high school years fighting childhood cancer, to gauge her reaction to the book and the film and how they relate to her own experience as a teen with cancer.NOTE TO READERS: If you don’t want to know what happens at the end of the book or movie, skip the first question.
St. Baldrick’s and dailyRx Google+ Hangout: Childhood Cancer in Adolescents and Young Adults [VIDEO]
We were joined by Emily and Sarah, St. Baldrick’s Ambassadors who were both diagnosed with types of childhood cancers in their teens; Dr. Brandon Hayes-Lattin, a St. Baldrick’s Infrastructure Grant recipient and Medical Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute; Jane Hoppen, St. Baldrick’s Foundation Director of Family Relations; and Steven Incontrera, dailyRx Director of Social Media and moderator for the Hangout.
Ambassador Emily helps us celebrate $15 million for childhood cancer research
Emily, 17, from Long Beach, California, was diagnosed with chondroblastic osteosarcoma in December 2011 following an examination for inexplicable leg pain.
I will love you forever and ever. All the time I think about how it would be without you here, but I never could, because that topic is beyond imagination. I would also like to wish you the best birthday of your life. Since you didn’t have a Sweet 16, let’s try to give you a Sweet 17.
In December 2011, Emily was diagnosed with a cancer of the bone, chondroblastic osteosarcoma, in her right tibia. Her “whatever needs to be done” attitude has helped her through the 18 rounds of chemotherapy and a lengthy surgery to remove the tumor along with seven inches of her right tibia. Emily will be in a wheelchair until at least March 2013, but she’s building stamina each day.