To see Emma’s story in photos – click below. (move your cursor off the image to see the storyline below the image)
In July 2011 she was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia. This is a disease which affects 1 out of 1 million children. Basically, her bone marrow stops making enough red & white blood cells & platelets for the body. The only way to combat this disease is to have a bone marrow transplant. Finding a match can sometimes be impossible, but luckily her brother (age 10) is a match! In September 2011, her brother / hero will help her fight this disease this with a bone marrow transplant.
Emma & her family need your thoughts & prayers as they have a very long road ahead of them. I know their financial obligations will be overwhelming. The transplant itself costs upward of $600,000. Although they have insurance, they will have many other expenses during this long journey. After the transplant, the family will be separated due to the long recovery period for Emma for up to 1 year. Andy (the father) will go back and forth to work in Beaumont, Mason (the brother) will have to go back to school and Cathy (the mom) and Emma will be housed very close to the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston until Emma fully recovers. The stress of your child being sick along with the financial responsibility of keeping up two households as well as medical bills can be overwhelming
Well, myself & many others would like to help. Here are just a few ways that you can…
If you would like to help and are interested in donating a charitable contribution to Emma and her family – you can click the DONATE link below. This money will go to offset the high financial costs that she and her family will be incurring over these next few years and a portion of funds will be donated to the Bone Marrow Donor Program.
(If possible please note JWP or Jenny Watts Photography in the special instructions/message section on PayPal – that way I can send you a THANK YOU!)
If you’d like to make a donation at a local Texas Bank:
Community Bank of Texas
Angela Mackan for Benefit of Emma Chirafis
If you’d like to send a check directly to Emma’s Hope:
Checks Payable to Emma Chirafis or Emma’s Hope
PO Box 881
China, Tx 77613
A list of tangible items that Emma will need over the next year will be added to this list as the family is aware of them.
To learn more, become a marrow match or to donate directly to the Marrow Program – CLICK HERE.