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A Send-Off Fit for a Champion

Posted On: 09/22/2011

Categories: Patient Stories

Emily Davis is an energetic and bright 11-year-old with many talents, including knitting, karaoke, and writing poetry on her computer.  She’s also fiercely courageous, the result of tackling a lifetime of medical challenges caused by cerebral palsy. Since coming to Gillette, however, treatments and therapies have enabled Emily to thrive. Her biggest accomplishment?  Emily can walk independently, something other doctors once deemed impossible.

This fall, Emily will represent Gillette – and Minnesota – in the Children’s Miracle Network Champions program. The program raises awareness of Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, like Gillette, and recognizes children, like Emily, who’ve triumphed over medical struggles.  As Gillette’s Champion child, Emily and her family will travel to Washington, D.C. and Walt Disney World with families representing our other 49 states. Her trip is just weeks away!

Yesterday, we held the first of two send-off celebrations for Emily and her family at the ACE Hardware nearest to Emily’s home. Why celebrate at a hardware store, you ask? Because Children’s Miracle Network sponsor ACE is generously sponsoring the 2011 Champions program – including the fun-filled trip.  Our friends at ACE sent Emily off in style, complete with cupcakes and a bag of $1 bills to spend during her trip. But Emily was most excited about a gift card that she’ll use to purchase paint for her bedroom. Her color of choice: HOT PINK!

Emily and her family celebrate with the ACE Hardware team.

Emily and her sister, Megan, received cash to spend at Disney World!

A custom-made sign welcomed Emily to her send-off.

Click here to learn more about Emily.