Emily’s Kids Foundation was founded in memory of a special young woman, Emily Ann Field. Emily was 17 years old in January, 2008, when she was told she had Ewing’s Sarcoma.
Ewing’s Sarcoma is a genetically inherited cancer that strikes children between the ages of 8 and 20. It is more prevalent in males. It is very aggressive, and once it’s found it is usually in stage 4 of the disease. It starts in the bones and spreads quickly to the other organs such as the liver, lungs, kidneys, and brain.
Emily’s journey lasted eleven months. She went through various surgeries to remove her left kidney and also to stabilize her vertebrae so her spinal cord would not break. She also went through harsh chemotherapy, aggressive radiation, multiple blood transfusions, scans and labs.
Emily fought her battle with strength, courage and dignity. She hardly complained and tried more than anything to console those around her. She lost her battle with cancer on November 22, 2008.
Emily’s Kids Foundation is a 501C3, nonprofit organization effective May 19, 2009. Emily spoke many times of the financial struggles families on the pediatric cancer unit faced. Families pay to park, eat, drive back and forth to the hospitals and pay for prescriptions when leaving the hospitals. They also require many incidentals items such as snacks and personal items. It was her brainstorm that when she got well, she and her Dad, Craig, would start a foundation to help families with these costs. Upon Emily’s death, we set up a fund at Brenner Children’s Hospital to have memorial contributions sent to “Emily’s Kids Fund”. It was agreed that the contributions to this fund be used only for needs like food, gas cards, parking passes and everyday expenses on the Hematology/Oncology Pediatric unit. Emily’s Kids Foundation grew out of this idea to enable the other six hospitals in NC with pediatric cancer units to receive funds.
Emily’s Kids Foundation was born from the wishes of a young woman who wanted to help other families who were/are dealing with pediatric cancer. We understand what it takes to get thru this situation emotionally, physically and financially. Emily’s college savings were used to help offset her medical bills and even more was needed.
In 2015 an endowment was set up, and the “Gold Ribbon Scholarship” program was established. Emily’s Kids Foundation began working on the guidelines and decided the program would be open to students going to college, university or vocational/technical school or even students still in High school, Middle school or Home schooled who may be in need of something to finish their classes. Unlike traditional scholarships we believe that dealing with cancer far outweighs what the grade point average may be. We believe in the student!
Emily’s Kids Foundation has worked hard and will continue to do so to provide help to North Carolina Families dealing with pediatric cancer. If you like the idea of the “Gold Ribbon Scholarship” and would like to help, let us “broker” a scholarship for you. We have contacts all across North Carolina and we can locate a student for you that you may want to help. You can also donate funds to the endowment. We can and will work with you.