After relapsing twice in her fight against leukemia, Emily Whitehead and her parents knew their options were limited.
So they went a new way, enrolling Emily in the first ever t-cell therapy treatment and finding their child cancer free just weeks later.
We had no idea what to expect,” said Emily’s Mom, Kari. “They told us no guarantees because they had no idea what was going to happen. So to hear that it finally got her into remission, was really amazing.”
Now, the Whitehead’s are paying it forward with the help of a few pro athletes.
Philipsburg native and current Oakland Raiders long snapper Jon Condo helped the family host the second annual tee off for t-cells golf tournament, along with a few of his friends, including former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin.
“It’s truly incredible, what she went through and what she has accomplished and what she has been able to do is ten times tougher than anything that any football player can ever do,” said McGloin.
“It picks me up when I’m having a bad day, it picks me up,” said Condo. “All the thousands of stories that are out there with kids battling cancer that are tough enough to go through the process and the therapies and everything. Their courage is unbelievable.
Last year, the event raised enough to pay for another child receive the t-cell therapy and the Whiteheads hope they can continue to help kids and families that need it.
“I think it’s cool because they can go home and play with their friends and their pets. I think it’s nice because the money goes to help kids,” said Emily.
“It just means so much to us to be able to help. That’s why we created the foundation, because we want to help other parents take their kids home, like we did with Emily,” added Kari.