In memory of Emma-Lee 4th annual toy drive
This year will definitely be different with COVID-19 in our lives, and the lives of the children in hospital. With all the restrictions in place for the safety of these immunocompromised children. We have decided to have the Children’s Hospital Foundation collect funds donated to Emma’s toy drive and purchase the toys needed for the children in the hospital over the holidays. This way the toys will be delivered directly to the hospital, wrapped and delivered to the children Christmas morning.
For those who are new to Emma’s story I’d like to tell you why we are doing this. At only a few months old Emma-Lee would have random bruising on her body for no apparent reason, these bruises would disappear as quickly as they appeared. After a mother’s intuition, and several visits to the Paediatrician, on March 24, 2017, Tiffany, Emma-Lee’s mother along with Beverly, Emma-Lee’s Grandmother insisted on a blood test for Emma-Lee, this blood test would reveal 7 month old Emma-Lee Had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (A.L.L.) with M.L.L. Gene rearrangement. Which is the most common childhood leukaemia (cancer), but extremely rare in children under the age of one.
Although we never spent Christmas Day on CK5 because Emma passed away December 3rd 2017 from cancer at 15 months old, Our child life specialist and several nurses on CK-5 made Christmas happen for our family November 22nd with a Christmas photo shoot, presents for Emma, and Santa Claus with whom Emma was not very Impressed with. The picture on this page is one from that Christmas photo shoot - her Santa photo.
We however did spent our Easter, and Halloween on the ward.
We know when Emma was in the hospital and Jessica (CK 5’s Child Life Specialist) would bring her a new toy she was so excited to play with something new, We thought it would be nice to share that happy memory we had with Emma in the hospital with other families that are still in the hospital and will be needing a happy memory over this holiday season.
We were so overwhelmed and so very grateful by the response to our request in helping make lots of sick kids stuck in the hospital very, very happy over the holiday season.
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