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Emmaline and sister Audrey lead the survivor lap at Teton County’s Relay for Life.

Update: Wendy and I still return with Emmaline to the halls of Salt Lake City’s Primary Children’s Hospital every 12 months for a checkup MRI and an annual visit with several physicians who have become friends over the years.

Armstrong Foundation’s LiveStrong team. For the past eight years, I have ridden in a bike race called LOTOJA, which is a fundraiser for the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Emmaline has become a fixture at Teton County’s Relay for Life event each year by leading everyone on the survivor lap. For this past year’s event, she raised money by selling snow cones throughout the summer with her team, “Shaved Ice for Shaved Heads,” and ended up shaving her own head as part of the effort.

In 2009, Emmaline’s oncologist gave our family the fantastic news that Emmaline had successfully reached the critical five-year milestone for cancer survivors. She delivered the words in the midst of a group hug with tears streaming down her cheeks, telling us that Emmaline’s story served as a bright vision of inspiration and hope that the medical staff used to get through the difficult times.

As she approaches her 10th birthday this April, Emmaline remains a symbol of strength and courage for her community of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and a role model for her younger siblings, Audrey (6) and Bennett (19 months). For Wendy and me, she represents faith in the idea that miracles do happen.

As a family we continue to honor the cancer community by participating in national and local fundraising activities. In 2006, Wendy and I ran the NYC marathon as part of the Lance


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