Emma Jean Pederson was born May 9 2006 with beautiful blues eyes and grew to have long curly blond hair. She was the pride and joy of the family, being the first born and the youngest grandchild on her mother’s side of the family and the 1st grandchild on her father’s side of the family. Her life was normal – filled with love, time at the park, days at the beach, play dates with friends. It was the year she turned 3 and began preschool at Jack-and-Jill in Richland, MI. That year was the beginning of terrible ear infections, and tiredness that was seemed to ruin her fun to soon. Many trips were made to the pediatrician that winter and when spring was finally on the horizon, we thought Emma’s marathon string of ear infections would be over. Until one Monday afternoon, Emma’s mom took her in yet again for another exam by the doctor. A fever that persisted all weekend would not go down with the usual Tylenol; after several test came back negative, there was no clear answer why Emma had a fever. Mom was not leaving with out an answer- it had gone on long enough. So blood tests were ordered, and after the trauma of a blood draw, they went home to rest and wait to hear from the doctor. The call came from the doctor in person and she informed Emma’s mom that the tests came back “alarming” and they should go straight to Bronson Children’s Hospital- they are expecting you! The next 24 hours were a whirlwhind of tests, procedures, and shock of being thrust into the hospital- over ear infections- and it didn’t make sense. Until one word would change their lives forever. Cancer….Emma was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 3- she spent 13 days in the hospital, and was sent home the day before her 4th birthday. Her cancer diagnosis put her in treatment for 2 1/2 years and endured several spinal taps, bone marrow aspirations, hundreds of blood draws, many transfusions and side affects that no child should ever have to endure. She is now 8 and cancer free and living as normal a life a kid can, after living with cancer for 2 1/2 years. We are so grateful for the staff at Bronson Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and the research that has been done thus far to provide Emma with the best treatment possible to put her cancer in remission.
Our Mission: To provide essential support and services to families affected by childhood cancer through family networking, community awareness, financial assistance and advocacy for a cure.