Shortly before Emma's fourth birthday, she began experiencing difficulty breathing. Concerned, her mother took her to the pediatrician only to be told that Emma had the croup, a common childhood illness.
Two weeks later, Emma's family spent the day at a local zoo, which was one of Emma's favorite places. But soon after they left, Emma started to make horrible wheezing noises and she began to gasp for air. Unable to catch her breath, Emma passed out. On the side of the road, Emma’s worried parents leapt to action. Emma's dad called 911 and her mom performed CPR until the ambulance arrived.
At a local hospital, a CT scan revealed devastating news: There was a mass invading Emma's throat and chest. The mass had collapsed her windpipe and was on the verge of collapsing the main artery to her brain. Without a minute to spare, Emma was put on a ventilator and air lifted to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
On August 8th, 4 year old St. Jude patient Avery got on stage with Sugarland in her pink cowboy boots while the band played at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. Avery is a very special little girl who at the age of 22 months was diagnosed with cancer and was given 3-6 months to live WITH treatment. Thanks to the work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, Avery is now 4 years old and is 85% cancer free. But Avery's fight isn't over yet. Help support this special "Baby Girl" and the other children suffering from cancer at St. Jude by donating at http://www.stjude.org/radio/keey