Honored Kid

Emma L.

Age 5
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Location

Bartlett, IL, US

Diagnosis

Rhabdomyosarcoma

Date of Diagnosis

August 2016

Status

No evidence of disease

Treated At

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital Central DuPage Hospital

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My Story

In late July 2016 Emma was a seemingly healthy 20 month old toddler. One Friday morning as I was changing her diaper, I noticed a lump next to her belly button that was hard to the touch. After an ultrasound, CT scan and biopsy Emma was diagnosed in August 2016 with stage 3 Embroydal Rhabdomyosarcoma. She had a large tumor that took up most of her abdomen and pelvis on her right side. On August 21, 2016 she had surgery to have a port placed and began a chemotherapy protocol of over 9 months long , proton radiation and major abdomial surgery to resect her tumor. On June 12, 2017 Emma received the last chemotherapy in her protocol and has been no evidence of disease since. She will be scanned and followed closely for the rest of her life to monitor her status. Today Emma is a vibrant 4 year old who is attending preschool , loves chocolate ,the colors pink and red and has a love for makeup. She will watch YouTube makeup tutorials for hours. She is a special, spunky girly girl with so much love and joy for life. Due to lack of federal funding for childhood cancer research the chemotherapy that Emma received is the same chemotherapy a child would have recieved for her same cancer 30 years ago! We are honored to join the efforts of St Baldricks in their contributions to making this reality change! Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure.

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