Honored Kid

Emily Nicole Ridge

Age 28
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Location

Greensboro, NC, US

Diagnosis

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

Date of Diagnosis

September 1994

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center Brenner Children's Hospital

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My Story

Emily is 21 yrs old.  On Sept 3, 2014 she became a 20 yr cancer survivor.  She was diagnosed on Aug 26, 1994 with Amonoblastic Leukemia at the age of 1.  Soon into treatment we was told she would need a Bone Marrow Transplant or she would relapse.  At 15 mos of age she received that life saving Autologous (*used her own marrow) Bone Marrow Transplant at Duke University Medical Center.  After almost 3 mos in the hospital we was able to go home and complete Emily's recovery.  Today Emily attends Liberty University and her major is in Family and Child Development with a minor in Psychology.  She plans to be a Child Life Specialist when she graduates in May 2016 to help other families dealing with the same sort of problems she faced with cancer. We are very blessed to have had a great group of doctors and nurses on our journey.  Thanks go out to Dr Allen Chauvenet and Dr Paul Martin *(both were doctors at Brenners at that time) and especially the nurses and clinic staff at both Brenners Childrens Hospital in Winston Salem and Duke U.  

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