Honored Kid

Emily S. Pena

Age 18
Emily S. Pena Kid Photo


Pearland, TX, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

April 2010


In remission

Treated At

Texas Children's Hospital

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My Story

One of five St. Baldrick's Foundation 2012 Ambassador Kids At bedtime, 8-year-old Emily says a prayer that all kids with cancer will be cured and live long and healthy lives. The prayer is close to Emily’s heart. After a persistent limp and unexplained fever, in March of 2010 Emily was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). “Emily knows that sometimes kids with cancer pass away,” said Orfelinda, Emily’s mother. “Approximately 85% of kids diagnosed with ALL survive but there is much more work to be done.” Emily finished treatment this summer and her post treatment follow ups are going well – great news for this busy girl who enjoys Hannah Montana, Junie B. Jones books, music from “Big Time Rush” and spending time at the beach. While she also loves gardening and eating cherry tomatoes fresh off the vine, treatment has changed her taste buds, so now she prefers chips, pickles, and broccoli covered in cheese. Emily also dreams of a wedding dress with a very long train and having a family. Before cancer, she also dreamt of being a teacher, but now says, “I want to be a doctor who saves kids’ lives.”

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