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Emily Whitehead Poses for Picture of Hope

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THON child Emily Whitehead has an incredible story. With the odds stacked against her, she was released from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia three months ago, cancer free.

September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, something THON holds near and dear to their hearts. In that spirit, Emily posed for a “Picture of Hope” photo session this week, and looks better than ever.

The description for the photo session is as follows:

As many of you know, September marks National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Emily has been a tiny sparrow since early this year but just had her Picture of Hope session this past week.

She is beautiful and brave and her story is one of hope and promise in the fight against childhood cancer. Christine, of Christine Chardo Photography, there are no words of thanks for knowing you were on standby for this session as we all watched Emily’s brave fight this past year.

There is no doubt, you were meant to be Emily’s photographer for A Picture of Hope. Meet Emily. She is a charismatic second grader fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Emily’s cancer has relapsed three times since her diagnosis in May 2010.

n order to treat her Leukemia for the third time, Emily was enrolled in a Phase 1 clinical trial. She was the first pediatric patient ever to receive modified T-cells to fight her leukemia.

Shortly after her infusion, Emily was in respiratory distress and her doctors decided to put her into a medically induced coma. It is a miracle that Emily came out of the coma and continued to get better. This inspiring little girl keeps on fighting no matter what odds she has against her. She has spent a large amount of time in the hospital but still manages to find the best in every moment and enjoy each day. She gives hope to other kids fighting cancer with her amazing attitude towards her illness.

We are happy to report as May 2012 Emily is in remission!

About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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