Merry Christmas 2013

Our only Christmas wish is for Emily to stay cancer free and healthy. She is our Christmas miracle and we can’t imagine life without her. We are very grateful to be spending this time together. Thank you for being part of her journey and continuing to give our family love and hope, especially when we needed it most. Thank you for keeping Emily in your prayers. Hold your family tight and enjoy every moment this holiday season.

Merry Christmas,
The Whiteheads – Tom, Kari, Emily & Lucy

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Photo credits: Family photo – Kari Whitehead Photography; Individual photo of Emily – Christine Chardo Photography

WebMD Health Heroes

Emily and Dr. Grupp are WebMD Health Heroes for 2013. Each year, the WebMD Health Heroes awards celebrate those who have met a health challenge and are giving back to others in an inspiring way.

“WebMD Health Heroes represent individuals who are dedicated to encouraging health and wellness throughout their communities, and this year’s winners are achieving remarkable success in their goals of inspiring others,” said Kristy Hammam, editor in chief, WebMD Magazine. “The 2013 WebMD Health Heroes are making a positive impact in the lives of those facing their own health challenges by extending their support to others.”

The Health Heroes are featured in the November/December issues of WebMD Magazine. To learn more about the 2013 WebMD Health Heroes, please visit www.webmd.com/healthheroes. You can view and download a copy of the magazine here.

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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 🙂