Eighth-Grader Heads Up Cancer Research Fundraiser

(The Daily Reporter) – March 7, 2014: Emily Blair doesn’t remember her battle with cancer — all she knows is that she won.Emily Blair

Emily, 13, was diagnosed right before her second birthday with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer made up of cells that would under normal circumstances develop into skeletal muscles.

Emily underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy — and has now been cancer-free for 11 years.

Every year since Emily’s diagnosis, she and her family have participated in fund-raising events for childhood cancer research. The one in which they have been the most active is theCureSearch Walk for Childhood Cancer.

Emily BlairCureSearch is a national not-for-profit foundation. Through CureSearch new childhood cancer treatment technologies are developed, children are matched with clinical trials and parents are provided with resources germane to their child’s illness, treatment and hopefully their cures.

This year, Emily and her mother decided they wanted to raise even more money for CureSearch. To accomplish that Emily, with the help of her mother, organized a pajama day at Legg Middle School, where Emily is an eighth-grader.

Today, for a $1 donation Emily’s classmates were permitted to wear pajamas to school. All the proceeds raised will be donated to CureSearch.

“Everybody has been so great and so supportive,” Emily said. “People who aren’t even going to be in school on the pajama day have donated money anyway … it’s awesome.”

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