Meet Liam and Emma: 2020 Family Advocacy Week Champions
Liam and Emma are participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from August 10-14, 2020. Through this special event, Liam, Emma and their family will share information about their health journey, Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s role in providing Liam and Emma with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of kids like Liam and Emma.
Liam was 2 years old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The doctors at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, immediately started him on chemotherapy, and he received his port the next day.
For the next three years, Liam moved through his treatment according to plan. However, it was a scary time for the family especially Lacey, Liam’s mother, who was pregnant with twins.
Emma and Ella were born while Liam was undergoing treatment for leukemia. However, just as Liam was ending his treatment his sister Emma, now 2 years old, was diagnosed with the same cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
“The emotional impact on our family was just devastating,” says Lacey. “It was difficult knowing that one twin, Emma, was sick while her twin, Ella, was healthy. We were worried that Ella might be diagnosed with the same leukemia as her siblings."
Wolfson Children's Hospital became a second home for Liam and his parents, and then again for Emma.
“We spent a lot of time there and formed special relationships with many of the staff,” says Lacey. “The hospital really went above and beyond to help our family through this tough time. Children are stronger than we think. They are resilient, and this experience has only made them stronger.”
Today Liam and Emma are thriving. Both are in remission and no longer undergoing chemotherapy. Liam enjoys surfing at the beach and playing video games on his PlayStation 4. Emma likes to swim, play with her Barbies, and of course, play with her siblings.