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2019 September T-Shirts

Kids fighting cancer may be TINY but they sure are TOUGH!

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September is childhood cancer awareness month. In the US, 7 children die from cancer or its treatment every single day. Another 43 will be diagnosed today. This is not acceptable! Often times, people think that kids cancer is “being handled” but sadly, only 4% of the National Cancer Institute Budget goes to pediatric cancers. Breakthroughs and advances are largely funded by private family foundations. Wearing GOLD this September can help to raise awareness for kids’ cancers and show support for those fighting! Can you imagine how great it is for a kid with cancer to see someone else wearing GOLD for them??

Where will the t-shirt sales proceeds go?
Did you know that some kids with cancer are ready to be discharged from the hospital but have to stay because insurance isn’t covering their necessary medical supplies? Simple things like antibiotics?!?! Or that some pediatric cancer patients don’t have coverage so have to stay in patient when it’s not medically necessary??
For Emmi’s 3rd Birthday, we want to help get these kids home for the holidays! It costs about $1500 to get the medical supplies needed for a childhood cancer patient to go home. So this year, please consider helping us get these kiddos home for the holidays in honor of Emmi’s Birthday! Emmi Grace’s Angels exists to bring support to families fighting kids’ cancer and support research to END it!
Proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to Emmi Grace’s Angels Foundation- supporting families fighting kids’ cancers through outreach, awareness, and research! Check out EmmiGracesAngels.org or @EmmiGracesAngels for more info.

Who’s Emmi Grace?
Our beautiful youngest daughter Emmi Grace was born December 2015. In April 2016, she was diagnosed with the horrible beast AT/RT (an aggressive brain cancer). She was TINY BUT TOUGH! She underwent multiple surgeries and received intensive chemotherapy treatments. In spite of working with some of the best doctors and nurses in the field, the science failed her. She was born to eternal life in June 2016 at only 5 months old.

Cancer attacks families. We want to be there for families so that they know that these kids are TINY BUT TOUGH! And so are we!

Thank you for helping us to GO GOLD this September to support children fighting childhood cancers.
To read more about Emmi Grace’s Angels, see our website at www.EmmiGracesAngels.org or email Monica@EmmiGracesAngels.org

Get Your 2019 shirt today!

Emmi Grace’s 2nd Birthday- December 2017

On Emmi’s 2nd birthday, we delivered a $2,000 check to  Dr. Mogul, pediatric oncologist at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa.

Often times we see families who have lost a child celebrating that child’s birthday. For us, since we never got to celebrate a birthday with Emmi Grace with us, we just did not know what to do.  Her first birthday was a particular challenge for our family. So we started seeking and discerning different ways we could honor her second birthday. I reached out to Nora Gunn at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Foundation.   Nora has been a great resource for us.  I asked her what they needed. I asked her if there was anything that we could do. She was able to rattle off a very large list of needs that these children had. One stuck out in particular. One hit me in the gut. I told her I wanted to speak with Ryan and would get back to her.

That night, Ryan and I talked about how sad we were that we did not get to celebrate Emmi Grace‘s birthday.  So we tried to focus on the blessings that we did get to share with her.  One of those big blessings was Christmas 2016.  We have had only one Christmas as a fully complete and joyful family of 4.  Emmi Grace was born only a few days before Christmas and we are so thankful that we were able to share that special time with her.

I began to tell Ryan about what Nora had told me.  We were both saddened and shocked to learn that there are times when a child battling cancer is able to be treated out-patient (continuing treatment at home) but at times they are either uninsured or underinsured.  Their are families who simply cannot afford the required meds and supplies at home so the hospital keeps them inpatient to continue treatment.  As most of us know, no one wants to be in the hospital one minute longer than they need to be, not to mention for days, weeks, or months.    We wanted to help get these kids discharged with the supplies they needed.

The idea was clear.  We would raise as much money as we could in a few short weeks and on Emmi Grace’s birthday, Nora arranged for us to meet and present a check to Dr. Mogul at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.  Through the generous support of our families, friends, and Ryan’s co-workers at Hill Ward Henderson, we were able to deliver a $2,000 check in honor of Emmi Grace.

Below is a photo of that day.

EGA delivering $2,000 to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in honor of Emmi Grace’s 2nd Birthday