When a little girl asked the world for photos of cute dogs, the world delivered. Big time.
Emma is 7 years old. She also has an inoperable brain tumor. She was diagnosed with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) brain tumor in January after suffering flu-like symptoms and a headache one weekend. Now, she has an estimated survival period of 9 months. Around 90% of children diagnosed with DIPG are dead within the first 2 years.
That’s some pretty heavy news for a 7-year-old to digest. But Emma is a fighter--she’s currently undergoing radiation therapy and her family’s highly successful GoFundMe campaign should fund her treatment for the foreseeable future.
Emma is also a dog lover. She was never able to have a dog of her own because several members of her family are allergic, but she got her puppy fix from dog sitting for neighbors and approaching every friendly wagging tail she could find in the neighborhood.
So when she got diagnosed, Emma (with the help of her parents) asked for the most comforting thing she could think of: pictures of dogs.
However, she made the mistake of asking for physically mailed letters at the start. This caused her home mailbox to explode with 200,000 photos of the world’s pooches. Then the family switched to a PO Box, but that also quickly became swamped with letters. An email came next, but when she got 3,000 emails in under an hour, the system crashed.
So now Emma has a specific Facebook page that everyone can post puppy pics too. Team Emma, or Emmalovesdogs7 (there must be a lot of dog lovers named Emma out there) is where you can spot the latest dog-related adventure as Emma meets police dogs, shelter dogs, and most recently, dogs at a local clinic. She even got a certificate and a lab coat with her name on it.
You can still donate to Emma’s GoFundMe page here, and also send Emma pictures of your mutt via her Facebook page. Emma’s father says that it really does give her strength, so with your help--and the help of your dog--Emma just might be able to beat the odds.
(Source: La Cross Tribune)