Team Sweet Emily has made its way from New York to Washington DC in support of Emily Morrison.
Emily was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in April of 2011, a week before her 24th birthday. It was a Thursday night. By that Saturday she was having the first of three consecutive brain surgeries just to ease the symptoms the tumor was causing. She spent 31 straight days in the hospital, including her birthday, but it didn’t slow her spirit.
While still in her hospital bed Emily began fundraising after hearing about the first-ever New York Brain Tumor Walk. Just two months later, on June 18th, 2011 (though much of the time had been spent undergoing treatment) Team Sweet Emily was the inaugural Walk’s top fundraising team.
As her tumor returned and continued to progress, eventually causing her to lose sight in her right eye, Emily’s attitude and purpose were not dimmed. She continued to fight to raise awareness and funds for the brain tumor cause, knowing that even if she could not benefit from all of her hard work, maybe others in the future might.
All told, this amazing young woman raised nearly $60,000 for the National Brain Tumor Society herself, and almost $100,000 through Team Sweet Emily. Emily was also a fierce advocate for the brain tumor cause on a national level through social and traditional media. Her story was highlighted in media outlets like CBS radio in New York, CURE magazine, Self magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and more. Emily blogged about her journey, always with the most positive spin, and inspired countless others through speaking roles at events for not only the National Brain Tumor Society, but also the young adult cancer group Stupid Cancer.
Emily was a leading voice in the brain tumor community. Her spirit and determination, even in the face of the most difficult of diagnosis, inspired all of us here at the National Brain Tumor Society. Emily sadly passed away Saturday after her heroic two-year battle. Today our thoughts are with Emily’s family and friends. She will be missed dearly, but her efforts for this community will never be forgotten.
“If you’re feeling helpless, help someone else.”– Emily Morrison.
Please joing us in walking together, supporting Emily and all of her friends and family that have been touched by this disease.