Meet Emily!


Meet eight-year-old Emily. She was diagnosed at four months old with a brain tumor that has not been fully removed, despite several rounds of chemotherapy. She undergoes frequent scans to ensure the tumor does not spread. She has endured a surgery to implant a shunt. She also has numerous challenges each day. Emily is blind in the right eye and partially sighted in the left. She has low muscle tone and a growth hormone deficiency that make walking difficult for extended periods of time. Emily remains an impressive girl even with her struggles.


Emily has numerous interests. She loves Disney princesses, and her favorite movie is The Little Mermaid. She listens to Disney soundtracks, but her preferred tune is the Trolls version of “True Colors.” She always gets excited whenever visiting theme parks, including Toy Story Land and Universal Studios. Emily also enjoys being active. She plays basketball with her miniature hoop set. She shows her theatrical side by singing and dancing—this might be practice for a future Broadway career! Emily works hard to get better, too. She exercises by swimming. She rides an adaptive tricycle during physical therapy. She does this and more to stay active. Clearly, Emily is brave and full of life. This is a remarkable little girl. An illness almost slowed her down to a stop. Instead, Emily speeds up and smiles triumphantly all the way!


Emily needs a Rifton tricycle to use at home. The trike will improve her leg strength, stamina, and balance. She can have a fun time riding outdoors, too. Please be her sponsor!



Emily received her new trike thanks to Rifton and the Freeberg Foundation! She is learning to use new equipment without the support of her parents or PT, and is having a great time! Her mom said she is truly grateful and appreciative for this amazing gift, and that Emily loves it! It also helps that is came in her favorite color, pink!