Emily was diagnosed on November 28, 2012 with Juvenile Polycystic Astrocytoma. This is an exceedingly rare brain cancer in children. Emily had multiple Surgeries, Chemotherapy and Radiation Treatments, CT scans and MRIs. She had long hospital stays away from her family, friends and her dog Chica. Emily went from being a busy child to missing school, switching schools and then being home schooled. She had to relearn how to do everyday things again at the age of 8 with her non-dominant hand.
Emily not one time ever gave up. She was the most beautiful, energetic and loving child. She always had a smile for everyone and wanted to make people laugh. She loved to be with her parents, her brother Adam, her dog Chica and other family and friends. Despite all of the obstacles Emily faces she still had that spark of a child. Emily loved to dance, cheer, and always wanted to be outside, especially swimming.
Emily had that personality that could make any bodies day better and she lived by that every day. Emily was an inspiration to everyone she came in contact with and she always said “never give up, keep on fighting and most of all help those who need it most.”
The Emily Waseman Foundation was started to honor Emily’s wish to “help those who need it most.” Our mission is to remember Emily by helping youth in the communities she so dearly loved. Emily will be forever remembered through these gifts so that those who need it most can succeed in life just as Emily would have wanted to.