Emily’s fight to live, and how she did it despite her obstacles, inspired thousands around the world.
We all prayed for a miracle for Emily, but what we discovered was that she was the miracle. Emily brought together a community and beyond to show their love. Emily changed lives, and the world is a much better place because of her. Emily lived by a simple message she once told the Chicago media – "You gotta stay strong, you gotta stay positive, no matter what happens." President Obama stated it beautifully. “It’s clear Emily’s example of courage, strength, and hope made a lasting impact on people around the world. Emily’s spirit will carry on in the community she brought together and in the hearts of those whose lives she touched.”
When Emily was sent home on hospice, her body was strong enough to continue with her fight, but all options were exhausted. She was able to fight. She wanted to fight. After four years of poison, her organs were still in great shape. It was always her choice, and she always chose to fight. For her to die in pain, suffering, and partially paralyzed, it is just disgusting. Science failed her.
Emily had two professional goals when she became an adult - become a pediatric oncology nurse, and establish a foundation that supports childhood cancer research in hopes of finding better treatment options, and eventually a cure. Emily was always concerned about others, and liked doing her part to help them. When Emily was off treatment the first time and her future looked bright, she named her foundation Kures for Kids, drew the logo, and wrote her plans for it. Emily talked about it often. Unfortunately, Emily was unable see her goal come true. We, the family and friends of Emily Beazley, plan to honor her by carrying on with her mission.
Emily's passing will not be in vain. We hope to one day spare other children from the same horror and grief Emily and those that love her endured. We want to give kids with a cancer diagnosis a future. That is why we continue with Kures for Kids, and partnered with St. Baldrick’s.
Donations made to the Emily Beazley's Kures for Kids Fund have funded St. Baldrick's Scholar grants for Challice Bonifant, M.D., Ph.D., Zachary Reitman M.D., Ph.D., Brigit Knoechel M.D., Ph.D., St. Baldrick’s Research Grants for Roland Walter M.D. Ph.D., M.S., Jing Fang M.D., and Rani George M.D., Ph.D., MRCP, a St. Baldrick's Fellow Grant for Ryan Summers M.D., and two years of the Treehouse Initiative Consortium Grant.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is guided by a Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of leading experts in the childhood cancer community, to ensure that every dollar makes the greatest impact for kids with cancer.
These people make us smile - they’re the doers and money-raisers on behalf of Emily Beazley's Kures for Kids Fund. They’re shaving their heads, hosting events, starting fundraisers and more to make childhood cancer research possible.
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