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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Mother and daughter share ‘Living Angel’ award

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on June 7, 2009

Mother and daughter share ‘Living Angel’ award Jason Hawk | The Chronicle-Telegram

LORAIN — At just 7 years old, Emily Zichi has already earned her halo. “I have gone through some pretty tough times, and what I’ve learned is to always keep a positive attitude and to trust God,” she said Saturday as she accepted her Living Angel Award from the American Cancer Society at the annual Life Savers Ball at DeLuca’s Place in the Park.

Emily Zichi, 7, and her mom, Laura, were overcome with emotion after being introduced at the Life Savers Ball. “I have seen others who need more help than I do right now, and I pray that their lives could be a lot easier,” she said. Mature words for a second-grader, but Emily’s older than her years. Surviving acute lymphocytic leukemia can do that to a little girl. Her mother, Laura Zichi, said she didn’t know last spring why Emily was so tired all the time. Doctors at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital found cancerous cells in her blood, and for six months, the Zichi family was terrified as Emily underwent heavy chemotherapy, she said. “We were all very scared with every procedure we encountered,” Laura said. “But she adapted every time.” Today, Emily’s hair has grown back and doctors say she has an excellent chance of a full recovery. She still has to go in for weekly treatment — that will continue through June 2009 — but she’s learned to love the doctors she once feared. She’s even written her own little book called “My Team,” which features hand-drawn pictures of each of the people at Rainbow Babies who cares for her. But just when the worst of Emily’s sickness was over, the Zichi family received another blow. Doctors told Laura Zichi she had breast cancer. Laura Zichi said that news tested her faith, but she’s found new resolve and trust in God while undergoing 35 consecutive rounds of radiation therapy. Doctors told her Tuesday that she has an excellent chance to beat the cancer. “In their own special way, mother and daughter stand out as a bridge over troubled water,” said Alexander Zolli, who presented the Living Angel award to both Emily and Laura Zichi on Saturday. Zolli said one reason the Zichis were chosen for the honor is because they’ve worked so hard to help others, even while fighting for their own lives. In the fall, the Zichis sent an e-mail to family and friends asking for donations to “Emily’s Hopeful Holiday.” Soon gifts started rolling in, and Emily, Laura and her husband, Tom Zichi, spent days packing puzzles, games, toys, crafts, scarves, hats, pillows and blankets into 189 gift bags. Zolli said a 17-foot U-Haul rolled into a cancer ward at Rainbow Babies on Dec. 21 carrying all of the donations. The family also was able to give $9,000 to the hospital and another $1,000 in gift cards — plus they established a fund to assist patients needing financial help, he said. “God created all of this for a greater plan,” Laura Zichi said.


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