Imagine a young girl, just 16 years old. A fun loving high school sophomore, an athlete with lots of friends, a good student who is looking forward to getting her drivers license. But then she starts feeling strange and out of breath every day. Walking up stairs becomes an effort. Her skin is getting so pale. That bruise on her arms is getting worse instead of better. Then one day she says to her parents, “I can’t possibly go to school today, can you take me to the doctor?” That is what happened to Emma Rose on January 17, 2012. Her diagnosis: Very High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It is a cancer of the blood. 50 -70 chance of survival. What followed was months of intense IV and oral chemotherapy, weekly then monthly injections of chemo into her spine, she lost all of her hair- twice, 2 surgeries, an MRI, echocardiograms to make sure the toxic chemo wasn’t destroying her heart, weekly blood draws and daily oral chemo. She was so sick that she dropped to 99 pounds and she needed leg braces to help her walk as a result of the effects of one of the chemo drugs. But this diagnosis is far from rare. 43 kids a day are diagnosed with childhood cancer. 7 kids a day die of it. Some childhood cancers have no cure and are 100% fatal. The NCI only gives childhood cancer 4% of their budget. We need to change these statistics. Emma Rose- A Patient Helping Patients is going to Curefest DC in September to help make a difference. Your funding will help make this trip a success. Left over monies will help Emma pay for personal expenses. What is Patient Helping Patients? Just 10 months to the date after her diagnosis, on November 17, 2012 Emma started Emma Rose- A Patient Helping Patients. Emma created this organization in order to do something to give back to her fellow patients at Children’s Hospital of WI who were also going through horrifying cancer diagnoses and the subsequent body ravaging chemo treatments. During her most trying and painful times of her grueling cancer treatment, she was a not stereotypical teen -thinking about herself and how miserable she was. Although who would blame her if she did? Instead, she was thinking about what she could do for the other patients once she was feeling well enough. Through her Facebook driven organization, Emma collects cash donations and comfort items such as Pillow Pets, tie blankets, fuzzy socks, lip balms, toys, gift cards and games for brave little cancer fighting superheroes. On her one-year “cancer-versary”, she made her first delivery - one large Pillow Pet and one large gift bag filled with goodies- for each of the 24 cancer kiddos on the inpatient floor. Brightening their day made her heart soar. She knew she had found her passion. Since the founding of Patient Helping Patients, Emma has successfully finished her treatments and continues to help kids at Children’s Hospital of WI. Emma brings in 40-60 gift packages every month, she has donated many boxes of toys and 60+ Wish-Packs to Make A Wish, and brings regular donations of a variety of gifts and even meals to Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospital. She works tirelessly to raise awareness for childhood cancer causes by speaking at local events and inspiring people to do their own acts of kindness. Emma is currently at Concordia University pursuing her dream to be a Pediatric oncology nurse at Children’s Hospital of WI. She can’t wait to help other kids win their own fight against cancer and make a difference in their lives along the way- hopefully inspiring them to do the same. Please visit Emma’s Facebook Page and be inspired… www.facebook.com/emmarose4p Thank you for helping.