Emily's Hopeful Holiday

Raising money for families who have children with cancer ~ since 2007

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  • 7th Annual Emily’s Hopeful Holiday Annual Event

    November 9th, 2014
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  • Who We Are, What We Do

    Emily’s Hopeful Holiday was created in honor of our daughter Emily, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 7 in 2007. She was treated at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio and is now a CANCER SURVIVOR at the very young age of 14. During our painful journey we discovered that there are many families who are struggling with the staggering cost of cancer treatments. We have raised $92,565.00 since the fund's establishment in 2007. 100% of the money raised goes directly to the families at Rainbow to assist them in paying their bills (utilities, rent, etc.). For more information on EHH, please review this blog for links to media and other information. Emily's Hopeful Holiday Fund is through Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, OH and we are always accepting donations. Please use the CONTACT ME button to email me if you would like to make a contribution or use the PAYPAL DONATION button on the right side bar to make a donation. This fund assists families throughout the entire year, however, we focus our fundraising efforts during the holiday season. We will always remember the fear and heartache of chemo treatments, lumbar punctures, sedations, medical procedures, surgeries, and anxiously waiting on every test result. Our nerve wracking, yet relatively simple routine trips to the Ireland Cancer Center for Emily’s check-ups remind us of where we have been and that there are families and children just beginning this journey, continuing to endure this journey, and/or ending this journey with either an immense gratefulness or an unspeakable sadness. We are so grateful for Emily’s amazing prognosis, for her health, for her laughter, for her smile, for her silliness, for her. We thank God everyday for His blessing upon our family and for all the wonderful people who surround our lives with love and support.

Important Facts about EHH that you may not know

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on August 21, 2013

Some Important facts about Emily’s Hopeful Holiday:

  • We use the abbreviation “EHH” for Emily’s Hopeful Holiday.
  • We are based out of Amherst, OH (Lorain County)
  • We focus our fundraising efforts during the holiday season but our fund assists families throughout the entire year.
  • We accept monetary donations all year round via cash, personal check or donation through this website (Paypal button located upper right-hand corner).
  • We accept raffle donations of all kinds.  If you have a direct selling business and would like to advertise your business by donating an item with your business card, if you have a business and would like to donate a gift card/merchandise, individual/family donations of baskets, misc. items.  Popular theme baskets:  lottery, OSU, Italian; other: miscellaneous electronics (Kindle, Garmin, etc.).
  • Our fund is operated through Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH through a social worker who determines the need for assistance and issues funding directly to the billing entity on behalf of the family.  
  • Types of bills we assist with:  basically, anything the family is in need of.  Utilities, rent, mortgages, car repairs to get their child to doctor appointments, etc.
  • We do not raise money for cancer research, toys for the kids, or the hospital.  The very first year, we raised money, asked for gift cards, and requested toys for the kids and supplies for the art room on Rainbow 2, but now we simply raise money for families who have kids with cancer.
  • Our very first EHH began in November/December, during the Holiday season, hence the name Emily’s Hopeful Holiday.
  • Although we are affiliated with Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, our fund’s mission is to raise money for families who have kids with cancer.  100% of the money raised goes to families who have kids with cancer being treated on Rainbow 2.  We receive no money from the hospital, nor do we raise money for the hospital.
  • EHH provides assistance to families on Rainbow 2 (the second floor of Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital/the cancer floor).  No family is turned away due to race, religion, gender, etc.  There is no discrimination — as long as they have a child being treated for cancer on Rainbow 2, they qualify for assistance.
  • Our Annual event is in November, locally in our hometown of Amherst, Ohio.
  • Event is a dine to donate event at a local restaurant, we have raffles/silent auctions to generate most of our money at our event, along with entertainment.
  • EHH has been successful through generous donations from family, friends and local businesses by donating to our raffles, monetary donations, and sponsorship in our Sponsor Booklet.
  • Our event has approximately 200 – 250 in attendance.
  • As a two time cancer survivor myself, and our daughter, Emily, whom the fund is created in honor of and now a childhood cancer survivor at age 13, our mission is to assist families who embark on this dreadful journey by providing financial assistance to them. This foundation is run by our family consisting of me, my two daughters and my husband and our operation center is our home.  
  • Questions about how we can give 100% of money raised to families at Rainbow:  Our family pays for the administrative costs it takes to run the event/solicit raffles/sponsors, etc.  Unless otherwise stated or specifically requesting money toward an item for the event (i.e., requests for donations for big ticket items for the raffle/Apple MacBook), we pay for all administrative costs.  This is why we are able to give 100% of the money raised directly to the families at Rainbow.
  • You can subscribe to this website page by clicking “follow” in the lower right-hand corner.  You will then receive all blog posts/updates for EHH.
  • You can find us on FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/EHH2007.

Fun facts about Emily:

  • Emily’s favorite color is orange.  EHH’s logo color is green somewhat corresponding with the holiday season when it was established.  We like to combine these colors for our brochure, sponsor booklet, EHH bracelets, etc. in order to personally represent EHH.
  • Emily is in 9th grade and loves her new sport of tennis.  As a Freshman, she has made both the JV and Varsity Tennis Team at her High School! We are very proud of her. 
  • Emily was diagnosed at age 7 and her cancer treatments lasted 2 years and 2 months.  She is a very happy, healthy and silly young woman. Thankfully, she does not remember a lot about her childhood cancer.
  • Emily recently celebrated her FIVE YEARS OFF TREATMENT on June 15, 2014!  We also received the wonderful news that her check-ups will now be on a yearly basis.  The first time in almost 8 years!  God continues to bless our family!
  • Please see below this post for all our videos on EHH!




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Emily’s Hopeful Holiday Videos

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on June 27, 2011


Our Newest Video from November 2012


Here’s a video about Emily:


And, our video on how it all began….

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Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on October 28, 2014


You do not need to be present to win.  

Drawing will be held at the

8th Annual Emily’s Hopeful Holiday Event

on November 9th, 2014

at Ziggy’s at 6:30

See all raffle items HERE:


Click here to purchase:  




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You’re Invited!

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on September 24, 2014


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OFFICIAL: SAVE THE DATE NOVEMBER 9, 2014 3-7 at Ziggy’s in Amherst!

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on September 2, 2014


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EHH is Three Months Away!

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on August 9, 2014

EHH is THREE months from today! It’ll be here before you know it. For those of you who have already committed to donate to EHH (THANK YOU!), I’d like to possibly connect with you all mid-September to pick up. For those who are interested in donating to the raffle, please email me. We are hoping for another very successful event! We could not do this with help from YOU! Thanks!

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Updated list of Sponsors/Donors, THANK YOU!

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on July 23, 2014

I’ve updated our list of sponsors/donors. I am humbled every year by the support and generosity of our loyal donors/sponsors. This updated list contains the individuals/businesses I’ve received raffle and/or sponsor donations from thus far. A big shout out to John Gargasz for suggesting I contact USW Local 1104 for a donation! THAT’S how I get new EHH supporters, word of mouth and sharing your contacts for a good cause. They sent in $100! Thanks, John!


If you would like to donate to our raffle or place an ad, or know someone who may be interested in being an EHH supporter, please email me. I cannot do this every year without the amazing help of our friends, family and community. Every year I am blown away by the new people I meet who want to help and the continued support I receive from so many people. I will do this as long as I can…but I cannot do it alone. EHH has been a success because of the people who HELP make it a success. Thank you to those who offer to donate in any way, who share our cause with others, and who support us in any way you can…YOU are making a difference! http://emilyshopefulholiday.wordpress.com/sponsors/

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EHH2014 — Getting Busy! Can you help in any way??

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on June 19, 2014

Continuing our work on Emily’s Hopeful Holiday – Childhood Cancer Family Financial Relief Fund!

Our list of sponsors and raffle donors is growing!

If you are interested in placing an ad or donating to the raffle, please email me. I know it sounds early to be doing this for a November event…but it takes this long to obtain the many raffle items everyone enjoys (last year we had 70 raffle items — the most ever!) and fill a sponsor booklet with ads.

Ads range from $50 to $250…check out our website under SPONSOR BOOK INFO if you are interested.

Thank you for your consideration!http://emilyshopefulholiday.wordpress.com/sponsors/

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Update EHH2014

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on May 15, 2014

***We are accepting ad placement (see http://emilyshopefulholiday.wordpress.com/coupon-sponsor-recognition-booklet-info/) & raffle donations now.  

Our event is 11/9/2014 but we would like online presales for raffle tickets to go on sale at the end of September/early October.  We appreciate your early raffle donations and ad commitments for event planning purposes.

Update:  We are now in need of seven more $100 sponsorship donations for the Apple MacBook Air.  This item generates a lot of money at our raffle and is one if not THE most popular item at our raffle.  We appreciate your consideration for being a $100 Apple MacBook donor.

As always, thank you so much for your continued support to Emily’s Hopeful Holiday. 

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Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on March 31, 2014

KICKOFF TO EHH2014…I am once again looking for ad sponsorship for our Sponsor Booklet, in support of Emily’s Hopeful Holiday. This booklet is handed out to everyone who attends our event (approximately 250 – 300 people — maybe more???) and generates a great portion of our annual fundraising efforts.

Also, I am once again requesting 10 $100 sponsorships for our very popular and HUGE money maker, the Apple MacBook Pro.  All Sponsors donating to the purchase of the Apple MacBook Pro will receive an ad reflecting the amount of their donation.  This item generates more than triple the amount of money it costs to purchase this item.  If you would like to support us in either way, please contact me using the above button or visit our facebook page and send me an email:   https://www.facebook.com/EHH2007

Lastly, the raffle.. always accepting donations for raffle items.  


Ad information here:  http://emilyshopefulholiday.wordpress.com/coupon-sponsor-recognition-booklet-info/

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Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on March 6, 2014

Thank you to the Lorain County Medical Society for having this fundraiser to benefit Emily’s Hopeful Holiday – Childhood Cancer Family Financial Relief Fund.  The funds raised for THIS particular fundraiser will be allocated specifically for LORAIN COUNTY children with cancer being treated at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Email me using the contact me button above if you would like tickets. It’s going to be a fun event. Please share with your friends.



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Final Update for 2013 – THANK YOU

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on January 23, 2014

Final Totals for EHH2013: $17,564.57; to date (since 2007) $92,564.57. We can’t say thank you enough to everyone who continues to support our cause.  

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