Emily's Hopeful Holiday

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

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  • 9th Annual Emily’s Hopeful Holiday Annual Event

    November 8th, 2015
    Location: ZIggy's Pub & Restaurant, 193 Park Ave., Amherst, OH. 3-7 p.m. 15% of your dining bill will be donated to EHH; Lots of amazing raffles, entertainment by Me & My Brother.
  • 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 15. During our painful journey we discovered that there are many families who are struggling with the staggering cost of cancer treatments. We have raised $116,150.00 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

9th Annual Emily’s Hopeful Holiday Event: 

Our Newest Video from November 2012

Here’s a video about Emily:

And, our video on how it all began….

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Pre-Sales are now CLOSED. THANK YOU!

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on November 8, 2015

Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered their raffle tickets.  Pre-sales are now closed.

We will see everyone tomorrow, Sunday, November 8th at 3:00 at Ziggy’s in Amherst, OH!  

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The Morning Journal Online/EHH

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on November 6, 2015

Please check out the article The Morning Journal did for EHH http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20151105/15-year-old-amherst-girls-raises-money-to-help-families-with-children-battling-cancer

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Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on November 5, 2015

Pre-sales are available for those who cannot attend the event and want to take part of the raffles/OSU Football Squares.

If you are coming to the event, you can purchase everything at the event. https://www.facebook.com/events/899710360120793/

This is a FREE, family-friendly event. Bring the kids!

You don’t need a ticket to get in, simply come to Ziggy’s and purchase the raffle tickets you are interested in. If you’re eating there, we’ll get 15% of all dine in/carry out orders. Upstairs will feature an All You Can Eat Wing & Pizza Buffet and downstairs will have their full menu. If part of your family wants wings from upstairs and you have a seat downstairs, feel to bring that food downstairs. Please be patient as it will be very crowded. Please be sure to tip the waitresses who are in for quite a busy day.

LifeShare will be there for anyone who would like to donate blood.

Pre-sales available here https://emilyshopefulholiday.wordpress.com/raffle-baskets-now-available/ through Saturday, November 7th at 6:00 pm./

We’ll have lots of volunteers to guide you! See you Sunday!

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Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on October 29, 2015

Our annual event is November 8, 2015 from 3-7 at Ziggy’s, 193 Park Ave., Amherst, OH. Drawing will be at 6:30.  You do not need to be present to win.

To pre-Order all raffle tickets AND purchase the OSU Football Squares, click here (locate the black “get your tickets” now button and click it.  That will take you to the secure site to purchase all items: https://emilyshopefulholiday.wordpress.com/raffle-baskets-now-available/ 

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9th Annual Emily’s Hopeful Holiday – Ziggy’s in Amherst November 8, 2015 3-7

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on October 23, 2015

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Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on October 22, 2015

Here’s a quick link to all the wonderful raffles!

And for those wanting to RSVP to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/899710360120793/907895589302270/

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Hope to see you on November 8th at Ziggy’s from 3-7!

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on October 13, 2015

Hope to see you at Ziggy’s on November 8th from 3-7 for our annual event!  LifeShare will be there for those interested in donating blood!  

If you are on Facebook:  RSVP HERE:  https://www.facebook.com/events/899710360120793/903291816429314/

All raffles will be available online at https://emilyshopefulholiday.wordpress.com/raffle-baskets-now-available/ for pre-sales at least one week prior to the event (or sooner if I get everyone’s donations ASAP).  Please keep checking back.  

New this year:  We will be having OSU Football Squares to purchase with a HUGE PAYOUT for the winners.  Keep checking back for more information.  You will be able to purchase squares here too:  https://emilyshopefulholiday.wordpress.com/raffle-baskets-now-available/  Check back often as raffles are being added daily.  The OSU Boards will be added soon…


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Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on October 9, 2015

EHH is shaping up to be another AWESOME event this year on November 8th at Ziggy’s in Amherst from 3-7!

To date, below is what we have so far. Please help us spread the word by sharing this information.

For Facebook Event details, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/899710360120793/903507416407754/
And please SHARE, INVITE your friends, and RSVP.



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ANNUAL EVENT November 8, 2015 -Please RSVP and SHARE

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on September 29, 2015

ALL Facebook users:

Please take a moment to RSVP to our 9th annual Emily’s Hopeful Holiday event on November 8, 2015 and PLEASE SHARE and INVITE

We are still accepting raffle donations.  We will be adding more today for viewing online here:  https://emilyshopefulholiday.wordpress.com/raffle-baskets-now-available/.  

Stay tuned as raffles will be added daily/as they are received and pre-sales will again be available this year for those who cannot attend.

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