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

Updates and photos coming soon …

Many of you who are not from our area probably haven’t heard but there was a tragedy in our small town today. There was a shooting at our local grocery store where two people died. It’s hard to believe that something like this could happen in our small town. Our hearts go out to the families and workers affected by today’s events. County Market always supports many fundraisers in our community, including for Emily.

This comes after a a series of other sad events for us during the past week or so. Nora, the little girl who traveled from Croatia to CHOP to try to get in the T-cell clinical trial, passed away early last week before she could get her cells. We will always remember Nora and her parents who did everything they possibly could to try to save their little girl ♥ ♥ ♥

A few days later we learned that one of THON family members, Nicholas Pantalone, passed away. We loved reading his CaringBridge posts. Even though he fought cancer every day he always had a positive attitude. He continued to attend college and worked at Hershey Park every summer – he had a passion for roller coasters. He spoke at THON in 2011 and gave one of the most inspiring speeches we’ve ever heard. You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQp1VRKvP5Y
We will miss reading his updates.

Late last week we learned that a friend of ours found out he had a brain tumor that required surgery. His baby girl passed away from cancer late last year. Please keep their family in your prayers.

It makes us even more grateful and appreciate every day we have with Emily and our family ♥

We will post an update on Emily tomorrow – we have a lot of catching up to do!

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