The Barkann Healing Hearts Foundation would like to introduce you to six incredibly talented students from the Neshaminy School District who are members of their School’s National Honor Society.
This wonderful group of young ladies and their families approached our team at The Barkann Foundation this fall with the hopes that they could support a very special local family this holiday season through The Barkann Foundation’s annual Holiday Hearts program.
We have met a couple of times over the past few weeks and the students wanted to support a young person who is overcoming and fighting through adversity.
The Barkann Foundation was approached by Shawn Ewart and Michael Phelan who shared Emily’s story of her courage and determination so we thought it would be very special to reach out to Emily’s family to support her in a very unique and special way.
The Angels have decided to show their love and open their hearts to Emily. They would like to provide Emily and her family with a very special trip to New York City on December 22nd to see Wicked. Emily will also turn 22 on December 22nd.
The Angel would like to ask you to consider making a donation to help support Emily and her family and to purchase tickets for the show Wicked as well as a gift card to eat a restaurant in New York City.
Emily’s Story submitted by her Mom & Dad
Six months ago our 21 year old daughter Emily was diagnosed with stage II unfavorable Hodgkins Lymphoma. She had just gotten home for summer break after completing her junior year at West Virginia University when she started developing symptoms. In a two week span, Emily began having severe shoulder and neck pain followed by a skin rash which was misdiagnosed a few times before the Dr. confirmed it was an extremely rare rash called Sweets Syndrome. After visits with a few different doctors we eventually landed in the ER at Hershey Medical Center where they took CT scans of her neck and chest. It was here that they found a large mass in her chest. A biopsy was done on an enlarged lymphnode in her neck. The biopsy results confirmed it was a cancer called Hodgkins Lymphoma. To say we were devastated would be an understatement. In that two week span Emily’s whole life changed. She went from having an exciting internship, weekend traveling to visit friends, and a planned family vacation to Punta Cana to having chemotherapy every other week, non-stop doctors visits, constant nausea, severe bone pain and losing her hair. Another aspect of chemotherapy that caught us off guard was the fact that it would most likely destroy her reproductive system and leave her infertile.Before she could begin chemotherapy she would have to have her eggs harvested if she chose to have children in her future.
These were all very tough pills to swallow, for all of us, especially Emily. But, she is a fighter! Emily has had a positive mindset from the beginning, which is what you need to beat cancer.Not only is she taking four online classes to keep on schedule to graduate, but she also started writing a blog that will hopefully provide some guidance and support to other young adults suffering through this terrible disease. It’s been six months and her last scan showed a significant decrease in the cancer. Emily has four more chemotherapy treatments.We are hopeful that at that point, she will be in full remission and she will hopefully be able to return to WVU for her last semester so she can graduate in May.
Special thanks To The Barkann Foundation and most importantly the Angels for supporting Emily through her fight.
Please consider making a donation in support of Emily so we can provide a very special Birthday for Emily on December 22nd in New York City.
Love, The Angels