Emily Hood is a lively 19-year-old young woman who was diagnosed with DIPG in February of 2019. She has participated in a variety of treatments for DIPG including radiation, chemo, and a new trial called CAR T Cell therapy at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She enjoys wearing matching crocs and talking about Marvel with her oncologist. Emily has hope and big plans for the future. She is tackling this disease one day at a time and says, “I don’t see a reason to not have hope, and that is a reason for me to have hope”. This incredible young lady is making every day count and plans to go to school to become a pastor. Her positivity and light are contagious and we can’t wait to see what the future holds!
Who is Emily?
Emily is the youngest of 4 siblings and was an avid wrestler and swimmer in high school. After her diagnosis, learning became more difficult due to the side effects of treatment. Despite what Emily referred to as “chemo brain”, she completed her junior and senior year online and graduated in 2020! Emily now enjoys spending time watching Netflix and Disney +. She is currently wrapped up in the crime and drama of “Criminal Minds”. Like many young people living through a pandemic, Emily also loves Tik Tok and the entertaining videos you can find there. The Hood family loves to play board games and watch Disney + shows together.
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The National Cancer Institute allots less than 5% of taxpayer funding to pediatric cancer research, and that’s for all pediatric cancers. Of that already slim percentage, DIPG research specifically takes a backseat in comparison to more common cancers. This is why saving the lives of children affected by DIPG is up to family foundations like ours.
Stay updated on Emily’s journey by following her on social media and donate to her fundraising campaign below. Full Steam Ahead!