Emerson, Our 2012 Guild Ambassador

Emerson’s Story

Emerson was busy enjoying life as a 3.5 year old when her tummy started hurting and her eyes seemed not quite right. After two months of numerous visits to the pediatrician, eye specialist, and ER with no clear answers, Emerson’s journey at Seattle Children’s Hospital officially began. On January 7, 2011 a large tumor was found in Em’s left chest. Her parents, Eric and Brei, heard the devastating news: stage three high risk neuroblastoma. The doctors at Children’s outlined their next 12-18 months: 5 rounds of chemo, surgery to remove the tumor, more chemo, a stem cell transplant, radiation, and maintenance. With countless blood draws, scans, and medications along the way.

So instead of preschool and dance class, Em has chemo and clinic. Instead of play dates and her first trip to Disneyland Em, has a two year old roomate with the same disease. Her dress up accessories are a black back pack and a feeding tube. Her hair may be gone, but cancer will not take her spirit, her giggle, her curiosity. Em is battling this cancer every day with courage beyond her three young years. And with the help of the good folks at Children’s, she will beat this evil disease.