Running for Emma's Memory

On July 26, 2018, I will participate in the Young Associates Board’s (YAB) 16th annual Run for Gus 5K Run/1 Mile Walk, which raises funds to advance research and support services at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for patients with brain tumors.

My daughter Emma was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric brain cancer called Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor (ATRT) in April of 2017, at nearly 4 months old. Emma underwent three brain surgeries, a tracheostomy, three stem cell transplants with high dose chemotherapy, and countless tests and procedures. We all spent the majority of 10 months in and out of the hospital. Emma smiled through the worst of the worst and reminded us all to do the same. She left us on February 2, 2018. 

Pediatric brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children and are fatal for almost half of those diagnosed. Yet, only $1 million is given annually for pediatric brain tumor research by government agencies. YAB has raised more than $1.5 million to date to further this lifesaving cause.

Please support my efforts by making a gift today! Any amount will make a difference, and all donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by Lurie Children’s Foundation.

With your help, more children battling brain tumors can receive the best healthcare possible and the opportunity to reach their greatest potential. To learn more about Emma and Emma's Memory go to emmasmemory.org. Thank you!

 

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