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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Emily – Honored Patient for the 2011 Leukemia Cup Regatta

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on May 4, 2011

Honored Patient

Visit: http://www.leukemiacup.org/noh/localchapter/patient

Participants in The Leukemia Cup Regatta sail in honor of a local patient whose bravery in fighting blood cancer provides inspiration and motivation.

Our 2011 Hero – Emily

Emily Zichi

Emily Zichi is just like many young girls. She loves to play with her friends, swim and play basketball. Her favorite singer is Selena Gomez and her favorite subject in school is Social Studies. Emily was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was 7 years old. Before her diagnosis, she would wake up with terrible leg pains and very high fevers. When she was taken to the doctor, however, they would find nothing wrong with her. Even though the doctors had said this, she continued to get worse. She had a continuous fever for a week, was tired all of the time and could barely walk without taking breaks. Finally, after many visits without getting answers, Emily was taken to the doctors the Monday after Easter and the tests that she took gave her an answer. The blood work came back that she did have Leukemia. During her two years and two months of treatment, she was put through chemotherapy, given countless pills, and had IV’s put into both her arms and her mediport many times. This was a long and stressful time in her life, filled with many things that she had to do, that she never thought she would have to do, but Emily was strong through everything. She was lucky to have the support of her family and friends through all of it as well as the helpful staff at Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital. Emily is very happy to say that she is cancer free now and is able to do and enjoy what all of the other 11 year old girls love to do!

The 2010 Honored Patient for the Northern Ohio chapter was Jim Titgemeyer, a lymphoma survivor. Jim is one of our race officials. We are happy to report that he currently has a clean bill of health after treatment last year!


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