When two-year-old Emmett woke up one night crying that it hurt to go potty, Emmett’s parents Cora and Scott Lahr had no idea how hectic their life was about to get. After a misdiagnosis, a couple of hospital stays and multiple tests, Emmett was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancerous tumor on his bladder. He was admitted for surgery to remove the mass, healed quickly, and started chemo the week after Thanksgiving 2012.
“We were fortunate to be sent to the Ronald McDonald House during this process and it truly has become our second home. Living a couple hours away from the hospital, it is so convenient to stay right across the street. We could not go through this without the RMH. The staff, volunteers, and comforts of home are truly amazing. Ronald McDonald House has become a big part of our life and someplace we will continue to use for some time.”
The Lahrs chose a study option for treatment, which consisted of 48 weeks of chemotherapy treatments, 6 weeks of radiation, and scans every 15 weeks. This meant long periods of time away from home. Emmett has three older brothers that were able to come spend Christmas break with him at the Ronald McDonald House.
“The visit from Santa and the gifts from generous donors made it an unforgettable Christmas for the whole family.”
Emmett’s outlook is good and the cancer is gone. He is a normal kid that has adapted well to his routine. He had a huge support system behind him all rooting for Emmett Strong!
“We truly believe our positive attitudes and support system was the best medicine. Ultimately, we know, cancer messed with the wrong kid!”