CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - At Parker's pre-school graduation the father of one of her friends approached. He said, "I mainly know you as 'Parker's Mom', but also follow you on Facebook and know of #MollysKids. I want to tell you about the daughter of a good friend who is fighting cancer..."
So I thank "Christopher's Dad", for bringing little Emmaline Tringali in Charlotte to our attention.
Here's what you should know about 5-year-old Emmaline:
1) She has Burkitt's Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
2) Had months of aggressive chemo.
3) Finally felt healthy enough recently for a bowling fundraiser.
4) (This is a cute picture, huh??!?)
5) Is inspiring our 2016 24 Hours of Booty in Charlotte.
"Thanksgiving last year we noticed a swollen lymph node on her neck," says mom, Julie. "After the typical things were ruled out we were told she had cancer. There are no words. 'Cancer' is always scary. But when 'cancer' happens to your baby, no words can describe the depth of fear and suffering you see."
But... great news.... Emmaline is now in remission. Her family is having a "No Mo Chemo Party" to celebrate this Saturday. They say it's a fundraiser and would love to have you there.
All money raised goes to 24HOB. Things kick off at 4pm. Sir Edmond Halley's Restaurant & Freehouse. More details >> https://goo.gl/ODWIVd
"Christopher's Dad" and his wife have been riding in 24HOB for years…... (SIDEBAR DIGRESSION: His wife is riding all 50 miles this year on a unicycle!) …...and this year decided to make his team in Emmaline's honor.
Emmaline's family also got involved.
Together they're all kicking butt. (No pun intended.)
"Getting involved has helped me to DO something at time I've felt helpless to help my daughter," Matt said. "It has become a great part of our fight to save her. 24 Hours of Booty is a bright spot."
Emmaline has three sisters. All have gotten involved in the cause in various ways, including designing bike-themed notecards to sell.
"Emmaline is slated to start kindergarten this fall," Julie said. "It's a long way from where we were months ago."
Julie says care packages, encouraging emails, meals and donations have kept the family going.
"Cancer doesn't end in remission," Julies aid. "We are grateful she is NED (No Evidence of Disease) but just like war has an aftermath, so does cancer. I hope people will see Emmaline lived because of those who donated to cancer research 20, 30 and 40 years ago. We're now just paying it forward."
What a great attitude.
Thanks Julie and Matt – and "Christopher's Dad" – for sharing Emmaline with us all. Have a blast on Saturday.