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 $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.

Amherst family treasures Living Angel

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on June 7, 2009


Amherst family treasures Living Angel

CHANDA NEELY, Morning Journal Writer

LORAIN — ”It’s great to be here. I love being.”

Seven-year-old Emily Zichi received the Living Angel Award at the 22nd annual Life Savers Ball last night at Deluca’s Place in the Park.

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”At first, I was a little confused and I was wondering what (the award) was for,” Emily said. ”I had never heard of it before, but now I’m excited.”

Emily and her mother, Laura Zichi, of Amherst, both received the honor given annually to a member of the community who is directly involved in the field of cancer.

”I was humbly shocked (when I first learned about the award),” Laura Zichi said. ”Getting the award in itself is amazing, but having to share it with her is wonderful.”

The Living Angel Award goes to ”a person in our community who has distinguished himself or herself either by direct involvement as a volunteer, caregiver, physician or cancer patient,” said Dr. Alexander Zolli, co-chair of the Life Savers Ball.

Laura read the speech her daughter wrote, as Emily cried nearby.

”I have been blessed to know that I am lucky to have my family and friends who love me and take care of me,” Laura read on her daughter’s behalf. ”I have seen others who need more help than I do right now, and I pray that their life could be a lot easier.”

The Zichi’s were recognized for their volunteer efforts at Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital where Emily receives treatment for leukemia. The family collected $9,000 along with books, toys, blankets and $1,000 worth of gift cards. They put together 189 gift bags for the children in the hospital during the Christmas holiday.

”At first, we had a few gift bags,” Emily said. ”My mom sent an e-mail to all our family and friends and we got a lot of stuff.”

Laura Zichi was diagnosed with breast cancer last October. With all the time spent in treatment for their illnesses, Emily and Laura still find time to help others.

”We did it just because it made us feel good,” Laura Zichi said. ”It’s nice to get recognized for it, but that’s not the reason we did it.”

Emily undergoes chemo treatment once a month and another treatment every three months. Laura said they both have been given a good prognosis.

”I’ve gone through some pretty tough times, but I’ve learned to have a positive attitude,” Emily said. ”I’m lucky to have friends and family who love and take care of me.”

”When she was diagnosed, it completely changed everything,” Laura Zichi said. ”When we learned about her, we were devastated, but we’re happy that she has the best kind (of leukemia) to have. We have been given a very good prognosis.”

A second grader at St. Joseph School in Amherst, Emily’s hobbies include drawing, writing and T-ball. She has written 15 stories and included illustrations. Emily started writing in kindergarten and makes up her own characters. Her favorite title is ”The Monkey Who Didn’t Like Bananas.”

”I want to be and artist when I grow up,” Emily said. ”I usually make books about a really funny person or animals.”

Laura and her husband, Tom, also have a 10-year-old daughter, Erica.

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