CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Emma Holt will celebrate her fourth birthday on August 22 and sure has come a long way. Holt is now close to 20 months into treatment for her acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Holt is expected to finish her treatment in February 2018. Holt's mom Melinda says she's still as outgoing and happy as always.
"This year has been so much different than last year," Melinda said. "In-hospital treatments have lessened, but at-home medicines have increased. She now has chemo pills nightly."
Melinda says the hospital visits are still hard for her as a mom to watch, but says her daughter remains upbeat and she doesn't seem as upset anymore. Holt had a few overnight visits in the spring for high fevers and had one four-day stay when she felt really sick on a Disney trip in Florida, but all seems to be back on track now.
"We're just taking it one day at a time," Melinda said. "Couple weeks ago we went to a camp for families like ours who are battling cancer and other diseases. Emma even rode a horse!"
Sometimes the middle of the journey can be hardest… keep hanging in there, Emma. It's great to hear an update.
**Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it's written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story (and updates on all #MollysKids) here.