When Emmett Case was featured in his Red Basket story “Staying Strong for Emmett” earlier this year, the Case family had just been told that their sweet one-year-old had leukemia. Emmett and his mom, Cheryl, were spending many days and nights two hours away at the nearest cancer treatment center. Friends and family rallied around Emmett and raised over $4,500 to ease the Case family’s worries about their finances.

Today, Emmett surely is “staying strong” just as his Red Basket story indicated! He is on maintenance therapy for his leukemia and has been doing great. The Case family now makes monthly trips to Des Moines for Emmett’s treatment and he receives medications at home as well. This routine will continue for the next two years.

The Case family is very grateful for the $4,500 that was raised for them on Red Basket. The money helped supplement Cheryl’s wages as she missed more than her allotted family leave days and had to take days away from work without pay. The security of the money has also helped pay for other unexpected costs, such as the pump on their well that recently quit working. “An expense like that paired with Emmett’s medical expenses could have been much more stressful without the money from Red Basket,” Cheryl said.

Going into the holiday season, the Case family has so much to be thankful for including Emmett’s health and being able to celebrate the holidays at home with family. The Case’s continue to be amazed by the support of family, friends and even strangers who have never met Emmett. Cheryl describes the strangers who donated to Emmett’s Red Basket story as, “Special angels of hope in this crazy world.”

We want to wish little Emmett and his family a very happy Thanksgiving and thank all of the Givers that donated to his story. You gave this family hope!

Lauren Fischer
Communications Specialist
Lauren is the Communications Specialist for RedBasket.org. She writes content for the blog, social media and other materials, as well as secures media coverage for RedBasket.org projects!