The Children’s Hospital
Emily has a larger-than-life spirit, but she had a much smaller start to life. Emily was born weighing only 5 pounds, 1.5 ounces. Despite eating three times the amount of a normal infant, she struggled to gain weight and her parents knew something wasn’t right.
After being referred to a nutritionist, doctors asked to perform a sweat test. Those very words made her father’s heart drop because a sweat test only meant one thing—she was being tested for cystic fibrosis.
On Emily’s second birthday, her family was forced to evacuate their home because of Hurricane Katrina. They decided to move close to The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colo., where Emily’s parents knew they would find the best possible care for their daughter.
Although Emily still receives treatment, she remains positive and is a perfectly healthy 7-year-old. She loves to be with friends, ski and play soccer, and wants to be a dance teacher when she grows up.