Emily returns to THON 2013!

Photo: Emily “Emma” Whitehead poses with Devin Schiaffino, Mike Pendleton, and Chelsea Slavin, members of her THON organization (PRSSA – Public Relations Student Society of America). Devin and Chelsea were two of the 700+ who participated as THON dancers and did not sleep or sit for 46-hours straight to raise money for pediatric cancer patients.

Words never can describe the magic of THON weekend. After we missed THON last year one of our main goals was “to get Emily to another THON”. And we did! It was so exciting to be back! The THON community was such a huge support system for us over the past few years and particularly over the past year. THON raised $12,374,034.46 which is incredible. Thank you to everyone who donated!! Thank you to our dancers, Chelsea and Devin, who stood for 46 hours (THON dancers (all 700+ of them) do not sleep or sit for 46 hours straight)! Enjoy the photos! And THANK YOU to everyone who purchased the Emily Believe magnets to benefit THON! If you would like one you can still order them here.

Nine Months – Still in Remission!

Emily Emma Whitehead

Emily had her 9 month follow-up appointment (post CART-19) at CHOP on Monday. She had a bone marrow aspiration/biopsy and spinal tap. No cancer cells were detected! The T-cells are still present in both her bone marrow and spinal fluid and the cells are still working! This was really exciting and such a relief to hear after our scare earlier in the week. Emily doesn’t have to go back to CHOP until April for her one year follow-up visit where she will also get her port out!

We are getting ready to go to NYC this coming weekend to speak at the Hope Gala – it should be a fun weekend! Then the weekend after is what we’ve been waiting 2 years for – the Penn State Dance MaraTHON!! We can’t wait to go. Tomorrow is the last day to send Emily mail for Kid Mail call at THON – to learn more and get directions for mailing letters, see this post.

The photo of Emily is one I was able to take this weekend. She doesn’t like for me to take her photo much anymore (after all the media photos she did the past few months she got a little tired of getting her photo taken!), but she allowed me to take just a few shots and I was able to get this one! I love the way it turned out.

We will be posting tomorrow about an announcement regarding CHOP! We will be posting about it on her Facebook page first.

You will also see a few more photos of Emily 🙂