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To provide financial support to Vermont, New York, and California families enduring pediatric cancer.
To promote the implementation of creative writing in schools.

Emily M Lyman Foundation

Emily and Her Wish To Be Famous

A book celebrating Emily’s writing and the artwork of hundreds of inspired individuals

Click ​ HERE  for information on how to order the book.
          Emily fought leukemia for the majority of her life. She had been cancer free for five years, so when the leukemia returned we were in complete shock. I remember bursting into tears and looking over at Emily only to see a stoic face filled with determination and a wish to understand the facts. She asked us if she was going to die and all I could answer was that her life would be shorter than most. 
          Even with this news Emily did not shed a tear, but rather wanted to know her options and when the chemotherapy could begin. Further blood was sampled, at which point the downward spiral rapidly took form - possible liver or kidney failure could occur at any moment. Life became a blur. Emily died 42 hours later.
          In her final moments Emily understood what was happening in her body even before we did. She took control of the situation and suddenly declared, “Say goodbye to Caitlyn, Lizzy, and Colin.Make sure my Secret Santa gets his gift.Please do something to make me famous. I’m done.”
        That was it. She lay down, fell asleep, never to awaken. After four bouts with leukemia and 13 years of fighting, her body, not her spirit, could fight no longer. Emily died December 13th, 2012 at the age of fifteen.
         Now it is my job to fulfill her wish; to do something to make her famous.

          Emily was a prolific writer of all genres. Poetry, short stories, and descriptive essays were her escape from the pain and discomfort in life. We are blessed to have her words and amazing writing voice to spread far and wide. 
       After Emily died, I made a pact with myself to do something for her every single day, just as I would have done had she not died. So began my Facebook posts, sharing a photograph or a line of her writing every twenty-four hours. Slowly a photograph and a piece of prose were always posted as a unit. Friends, family, and Emily’s schoolmates read the posts, generating an interest in her writing and her story. I began searching for artwork of any genre to accompany fifty of Emily’s writing pieces and the response was overwhelming.
      After collecting over four hundred visual pieces, The Inspired By Emily Art Show  (Click on the blue words for photos and videos of the event) was held on December 7th, 2013 with over six hundred guests. I now had enough material to design a book that would help fulfill Emily’s wish of becoming famous.
The Emily M Lyman Foundation hopes to gives both intellectual and spiritual light, through writing workshops, author's visits, and Emily's many wonderful  writing pieces.
The Emily M Lyman Foundation strives to make the lives of families coping with pediatric cancer more cheerful and bright through monetary contributions.
Emily enlightend our world with her intellectual curiosity and her positive outlook on life. She had an impact on everyone she met. Her determination and insight were contagious. We continue to learn from her.