Emily's Hopeful Holiday

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

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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 17. During our painful journey we discovered that there are many families who are struggling with the staggering cost of cancer treatments. We have raised $135,586.56 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.
  • Our very first EHH began in November/December, during the holiday season, hence the name, Emily’s Hopeful Holiday.
  • We focus our fundraising efforts during the holiday season but our fund assists families throughout the entire year.
  • We are based out of Amherst, OH (Lorain County).
  • We accept monetary donations all year round via cash, personal check or donation through this website (Paypal button located upper right-hand corner).
  • Our fund is operated through Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH through a social worker who determines the need for assistance.
  • Emily’s Hopeful Holiday is the only fund of it’s kind at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. 
  • Financial assistance is provided to help with anything the family is in need of.  From utilities, rent, mortgages, to car repairs to get their child back and forth to doctor appointments. 
  • 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.
  • 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 directly 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 for any reason — as long as they have a child being treated for cancer on Rainbow 2, they qualify for assistance.
  • EHH has been successful through generous monetary donations from family, friends and local businesses. 
  • 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 17, 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.  
  • 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 is a Senior in High School.  She will be attending Cedarville University in the fall of 2018 in their nursing program. Her ultimate desire is to be in the pediatric oncology medical field.
  • Emily was diagnosed at age 7 and her cancer treatments lasted 2 years and 2 months.  
  • 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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Happy Holidays

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on November 16, 2017

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EHH2016 Fundraising Campaign

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on November 16, 2016

As we enter into the 2016 Holiday Season, the Zichi family would like to remind you that although we are no longer holding an annual event, the Emily’s Hopeful Holiday (EHH) Fund remains open for monetary donations as it continues to financially assist families who have kids with cancer at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital throughout the entire year.

If you are looking to donate to a cause where 100% of your donation directly impacts families in need, EHH is your cause! Donations can be made to EHH on our website via Paypal. For those who rather mail a personal or business check, please make the check payable to Emily’s Hopeful Holiday and mail to 1048 Coopers Run, Amherst, OH 44001.

Throughout the next couple months, stories and messages from families who have received assistance from EHH will be posted on our EHH Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/EHH2007/) so that you can see first-hand how your generous donations are being used to bring financial relief to families who have kids with cancer. For more information on EHH, please review our website: https://emilyshopefulholiday.wordpress.com/ and LIKE us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EHH2007/

Happy Holidays from our family to yours as we remember to share our many blessings with others who are not as fortunate this Holiday Season.

Thank you for your consideration,
Emily, Laura, Erica, and Tom Zichi

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Thank You from The Zichi Family

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on March 21, 2016

Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

 Emily’s Hopeful Holiday

A Message from the Zichi Family

With the conclusion of our 9th Annual Emily’s Hopeful Holiday in November 2015, the Zichi Family is announcing that we are no longer going to be hosting an annual event.

We thank everyone who has supported our cause throughout the years. Without our donors, sponsors, Ziggy’s, and everyone who has volunteered and attended our events, we could not have raised over $135,000 for families who have kids with cancer.

Emily’s Hopeful Holiday has been an incredible gift to our family and has enabled us to meet so many amazing people and has shown us first-hand what true, genuine giving and love looks like. We’ve been deeply touched by the ongoing support to not only our family in hosting the annual fundraisers but seeing people lovingly doing for those who are in need expecting nothing in return.

Our family has reached a time in our lives where we want to move forward and not have cancer define us any longer. Emily and I are very proud cancer survivors but we feel it is time to close that chapter in our lives and not look back, but forward. That chapter has been filled with some of the greatest pain we have ever experienced as a family, as well as great joy in our healing and accomplishments with Emily’s Hopeful Holiday. We are excited to see what future endeavors lie ahead for the Zichi family unrelated to cancer.

The trials we have faced has made a huge impact on our family and we have been forever changed by them. In trials, you can become bitter or you can become better. We’ve chosen to become better letting the trials God has allowed in our lives to mold us into who we needed to become as individuals as well as a family. In them, we have learned many lessons. While the typical cliché holds true, “don’t take anything for granted,” we’ve also been reminded how important it is to cherish the people in your life, be genuine, be kind, live a life of truth, strive for peace in all things, accept the things you cannot change with grace, and always put others first.

While we will not be having our annual event any longer, the Emily’s Hopeful Holiday Fund will remain open at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital to receive monetary donations at any time throughout the year. Many people choose our Fund because they appreciate the fact that 100% of the money they donate goes directly to families who have kids with cancer.

We have been very fortunate in the past with organizations, businesses, and individuals having fundraisers on our behalf and that will remain an option for anyone interested.

We will always have a special place in our hearts for those who are, have, or will endure cancer and look forward to supporting them not only through personal contributions to the Emily’s Hopeful Holiday Fund but through the many other worthy causes that are available to us.

Again we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us help families who have kids with cancer and being an example of what true genuine love looks like.

With Love and Immense Gratitude,

The Zichi Family        

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Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on December 3, 2015

NEW Grand TOTAL:  $135,583.56

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Update for EHH2015: Mailing out more checks to UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital today from Emily’s Hopeful Holiday – Childhood Cancer Family Financial Relief Fund totaling: $3265 bringing EHH2015 total to: $19,114.95 and $135,263.56 grand total since 2007!

Thank you!!!!!

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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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