Emily's Hopeful Holiday

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

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    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 $144,500.00 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.
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Amherst 7-year-old teaches true spirit of Christmas

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on June 7, 2009

122207zichiAmherst 7-year-old teaches true spirit of Christmas

Monica RobinsCreated: 12/21/2007 5:42:35 PM

Updated:12/21/2007 7:58:41 PM

AMHERST — Emily Zichi learned she had Leukemia the day after Easter, but she’s making sure other sick kids have a happy holiday.

The Zichi family has had a tough year. In April, 7-year-old Emily was diagnosed with leukemia. Her treatment won’t be complete until Summer of 2009.

The family spent weeks at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital while Emily received her initial treatment. Despite the reason they were there, they say the care, love and support was overwhelming. So they wanted to make sure other families dealing with sick children would feel the same way.

Emily’s Hopeful Holiday started out as an email to friends and family to collect toys and donations for families at Rainbow. But the idea snowballed and before they knew it floor space began disappearing in their home thanks to the amount of donations they began to receive. Mostly from perfect strangers.

Emily’s ordeal wasn’t the only trouble the family faced this year. In October her mother, Laura, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her prognosis is very good but the experience made Emily’s Hopeful Holiday even more important.

So Friday morning a dozen or so volunteer elves started loading boxes of presents into a 17 foot U-Haul truck. Not only did they collect enough toys to fill the entire truck, they also collected more than $8,000 in cash that will be used to help families pay bills while their children are being treated at Rainbow.

To watch Monica’s story see video below in another post.


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