Emily "Emma" Whitehead :: My Journey Fighting Leukemia » My journey fighting childhood cancer.

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If you are wondering if Emily met her birthday fundraising goal, the answer is Yes! The total was $52,210!

The money she raised was donated to the Philadelphia Ride to Conquer Cancer which benefits the Penn Abramson Cancer Center. We attended the 150-mile bike ride event a few weeks ago and discovered that Emily was the top fundraiser! Thank you so much to everyone who donated – the funds will continue to support the T-cell therapy and other cancer research! Here are a few photos from the event:

From top left:
1. Day 1 of the event was cold and rainy (but Day 2 was warm and sunny!)
2. Riders camped out in their tents overnight
3. Emily and Dr. Bruce Levine
4. Tom, Kari, Emily with Dr. Levine and Dr. Carl June
5. Emily with Dr. Grupp and his daughter who also rode in the event!
6. The #1 fundraiser (Emily) and the #2 fundraiser (Ben Shein / Shein Law Center)
7. The final total!

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  • Sheryl - WAY TO GO EMILY!,!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Patrick - WOW!!!!!That is so awesome Emily you rock!! What amazing things you are doing .thanks for all the updates on how you are doing and all the great things you are doing for cancer research.Lots of Hugs and Prayers .
    Love ,MissyReplyCancel

Back in July, Emily was asked to be part of the Stand Up to Cancer Telethon (the telethon aired on September 5th – I’m just now blogging about it:-)). As part of the telethon they filmed a segment about Emily and highlighted the T-cell therapy treatment. Stand Up to Cancer has provided millions of dollars in funding to help continue research on the T-cell therapy. We filmed back in July which included a trip to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA. Stand Up to Cancer, along with Mastercard who was a sponsor of the telecast, wanted to surprise Emily with something fun. She L-O-V-E-S to visit Nemacolin! We took her there in 2010 shortly after she was diagnosed with leukemia to get away for a weekend and just do something fun. She was scheduled for some tough chemotherapy the following week and we knew she would likely spend some time in the hospital, so we wanted to do something special with her. We decided on a trip to Nemacolin which she enjoyed so much and continued to talk about it over the years. We had not been back to Nemacolin with Emily since then although she had asked to go back many, many times! Everyone decided that a trip back there should be her surprise!

At Nemacolin, Emily had a behind the scenes tour of the zoo where she fed lions, tigers, and bears (bears love marshmallows!). She also bottle fed a baby goat and visited a few other exotic animals. She went horseback riding and ended the day with ziplining! She loves adventure and had a great time! Thank you so much to Nemacolin Woodlands, Mastercard, and Rachel and the film crew for making for making the experience incredibly fun for Emily!

Emily was invited to attend the live Stand Up to Cancer telethon in Hollywood at the Dolby Theatre. It was awesome to have that experience! The night before the event we even had a chance to see Dave Matthews perform a few songs since he wasn’t able to be live for the actual taping (Emily is now a Dave Matthews fan!). Emily walked the red carpet and was excited to see Ariana Grande perform at the live event. We went to the after party and met Katie Couric! Emily also met a few other girls her age who are fighting cancer (I wish we had their names!).

If you missed the live broadcast you can see Emily’s segment here:

And watch the entire 1-hour show here:

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Emily told us back in May that in honor of her 9th birthday she wanted to raise $9,000 to donate to cancer research. When we asked her why she chose that amount she said “because it’s my 9th birthday!” Then she said “well, let’s just make it $10,000 – an extra $1,000 to grow on!”

In honor of Emily’s 9th birthday – and celebrating two years cancer free – we want to help her meet her goal. The goal is to raise $9,000 – er, $10,000 – by the end of September (Childhood Cancer Awareness Month)!!

 

 

 

 

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