This was established by Josh, Krissy, Ben and Lily Longmore to honor Emily’s memory. Donations to this fund will be used to support charities whose missions assist families with a child(ren) facing a catastrophic illness or improves the quality of life for children and families locally and globally.
About Emily Grace Longmore
Before she went to be with Jesus in Heaven on November 14, 2018, Emily Longmore was a typical three-year-old who loved animals, the movie “Frozen”, and bacon mac and cheese. She enjoyed playing veterinarian and doctor with her big sister, Lily, playing outside with her big brother, Ben, taking care of her doggie, Maggie, and cuddling with mommy and daddy.
Just a few days before Christmas in 2017, Emily began running a low-grade fever and complained of leg pain. Initial testing was inconclusive until a bone marrow biopsy revealed that Emily had stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer. Throughout her eleven month fight against this terrible disease, Emily showed strength and courage that would rival the most valiant of heroes. Yet, Emily never complained throughout her battle. Through six rounds of chemotherapy, four rounds of immunotherapy, two stem cell transplants, and multiple medical procedures and surgeries, she always had a smile on her face and joy in her heart.
Emily loved people, and she lived every day to the fullest. During her many hospital stays, Emily loved making friends with her nurses. Her sweet character quickly endeared her to many. When she was enduring something difficult, she would console us by saying, “It’s okay, it’s not your fault.” Though Emily’s time with us was too short, we are so thankful to the Lord for the wonderful blessing of nearly four years with her. She was a shining example of patience, joy, understanding, perseverance, and love.
Though our lives are forever changed, they are richer and forever blessed because of her. We want to continue Emily’s legacy by helping children and their families who are warriors in the fight against childhood cancer.
Holiday Toy Collection
In honor of Emily’s birthday on November 28th, we are organizing a toy collection for children at Geisinger’s Pediatric Oncology Clinic and Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, PA.
During the Christmas season, children are full of wonder and excitement as they anticipate opening presents on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, children with cancer often spend the holidays in the hospital. Sometimes a childhood cancer diagnosis places an economic burden of the family’s finances, making purchasing Christmas presents difficult if not impossible.
Please join in an expression of love and care for these children and their families. Beginning October 1, we are collecting new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages to distribute to patients during the Christmas season.
To facilitate this, we’ve established a drop off location at The Luzerne Foundation 34 South River Street in Wilkes-Barre. If you would like to help with this project by becoming a toy collection site, please private message this page or contact Diane@luzfdn.org or call 570.822.2065.
Toys for children of all ages infant through 16 years old and Visa/Mastercard Gifts cards are also appreciated. This is an annual toy drive to honor Emily’s memory and commemorate her birthday each year. Whatever toys are collected prior November 28 will be taken to Danville on that day, any remaining toys will be delivered before Christmas. It is a blessing to celebrate Emily’s life in this way.
What is the focus of the Fund? To provide general operating grants to local nonprofit organizations or Community Based Organizations (“CBO”) with deep roots in the community that have been adversely impacted by the crisis To provide additional support to community-based organizations that are wo…
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