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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

The Blue Heart Challenge!
Email us a photo of Emily's book in its new home!
On January 13, 2015, the 25th month of living our lives without Emily, I launched the BLUE HEART CHALLENGE. How many places can we send the Emily and Her Wish To Be Famous book so that my maps of the USA and the world can be blanketed with blue? Look how many places the book has traveled! Thank you to everyone who packed Emily's book in their suitcase. Every photograph I receive makes me smile in appreciation.
The most recent photgraphs I received were taken on Platform 9 and 3/4 in London - all you Harry Potter fans know what this is all about!! 
Together we can help Emily's light to burn bright:
Emily’s Gifts                                                                                                
It is the season of short cold days and long dark nights
But it is also the season of gifts and candlelight.
When Emily left, a light went out, 
But with our help, her light can still burn bright.
Emily, being Emily, left us gifts for the season before she went away.
The first gift was simply that of her presence. 
For 15 years she made this a better place –writing, acting, studying, 
and generally making her life as full as possible.
Moving through her time with that wild mane of red hair… or not.
The second gift was her example of how to live.
Disappointed by disease, pain, and setbacks,
She nonetheless pushed on, not ignoring adversity, but in spite of it.
The third gift is Emily’s example of how to gracefully face the end
Realizing that her disease was getting the upper hand 
She faced death down, and with courage and dignity said, in effect
“you can have this body - it has served, and betrayed, me long enough. 
But you cannot take, and will never take, Emily”
In this season of short cold days and long dark nights.
Accept these gifts, Emily’s parting offering, and in the spirit of the season 
Pass her light and courage on.
To those suffering from hurricane and flood – pass it on
To the families consumed with grief– pass it on
To those in need here, and around the world, please, for Emily’s sake, pass it on. 
Let Emily’s light burn bright.
                                                    by Alan Homans (Emily’s oncologist)
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.