Mequon teen turns health battle into inspiration for other sick children

CREATED May 8, 2013

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MEQUON - A teenager from Mequon is turning her health battle into a story of inspiration for some very sick children.

Emma Rose was your typical teenager until cancer sent her Children's Hospital, where she met a lot of kids fighting for their lives. Now that she's feeling better, her mission is to make those kids feel better, too. And she hopes you'll help her.

Seventeen-year-old Emma Rose has been through a health scare that would bring most adults to their knees. The runner was at practice last year when she knew something wasn't right.

"And so I went into the doctor one day and they took a blood draw and pretty much confirmed there that I had leukemia," she explained.

A year of intense treatment at Children's Hospital got her thinking about the other kids who had an even tougher road. Like Hailey Roser, the little girl with brain cancer we introduced you to last year.

"There were people who did generous things for me and I wanted to give back," Rose said.

So, she and her mom headed to a coffee shop and brainstormed. While they were there, they started a Facebook page called "A Patient Helping Patients."

"By the time we started the page, packed up our bag and came home, we had about 33 likes, I think," she said.

Now, they have nearly 5,000. And the donations are coming in.

Emma has put together 100 care packages for patients and their families. She got a head start on a few she dropped off for her nurses Wednesday. She is a young lady fighting a big health battle with an even bigger heart.

"It was really special that people would take their time to volunteer and come in to the hospital and it just really meant a lot," Rose remembered.

Emma is going to drop off those packages for the kids next week when she goes in for another treatment. If you'd like to help Emma help other patients, you can find out how at her Facebook page.