Young cancer survivor uses talents to help others

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One young cancer survivor is using her talents to try and help others.

Emma Scheel, a 10-year-old cancer survivor, makes and sells crafts to raise money which she donates through Relay for Life to help others who are fighting the disease. In 2013 Emma raised about $700 and she hopes to match that this year.

Ten-year-old Emma Scheel makes a variety of crafts and sells them, donating the money through Relay for Life to help fight cancer.

“I made about $700 last year (including donations) and want to make the same amount this year,” she said. “I like crafts and make things with beads, magnets, book marks and key chains.”

Emma’s creations are sold to family, friends and people they know from church and school. She has raised about $50 so far this year, with three months to go before the relay.

She explains how she got involved with the relay by saying, “I had cancer when I was a little girl and the youth group from church (Faith Walk Community Church in Middle Musquodoboit)  invited me to go to the relay with them.

“It was a lot of fun; I only slept for two hours.”

Emma was diagnosed with a Wilms’ tumour when she was 15 months old. This is a rare kidney cancer that most often affects children less than five years of age. Because she now only has one kidney she has to avoid things like rough sports but she enjoys dancing and playing basketball.

“When you first hear the diagnosis that’s all you think about for a while,” said her mother, Melissa. “She had 18 weeks of chemo but she didn’t get sick or lose her hair. At one point they thought the cancer had returned but it didn’t. She just had her nine-year check and she’s doing well. I think of others who have worse types of cancer and I pray for them.

“I’m very proud of her and thankful that she’s willing to do this.”

Her father, John, is also proud of her.

“We didn’t get involved with the fundraisers before last year but when you see the luminaries all lit up it really makes you think of how many people are affected. I’m proud Emma’s doing her part to help.”

For Emma, the reason she is involved is very simple.

“Others helped me when I had cancer and now I want to help people,” she stated.

Anyone interested in purchasing Emma’s crafts can e-mail jscheel@ns.sympatico.ca .

Organizations: Faith Walk Community Church

Geographic location: Middle Musquodoboit

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