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Emmas Wish for a Food Drive

Emma Family 2

“ She said, ‘Mom, I know what I want to wish for. I want to help the homeless. ”


- Nina

When Emma was first diagnosed at the age of 10, her parents Wade and Nina, were speechless. Thoughts of Emma’s future and recovery possibilities ran through their heads and they shed tears as they learned there was less than a 1% chance of a child being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

After rounds and rounds of chemotherapy and days and nights of hospital visits, Emma finally went into remission and has been cancer free since 2015. Throughout this ordeal, Emma was given a chance to wish for anything in the world, from meeting her favorite celebrity to visiting the beaches of Hawaii. Emma’s mind, however, turned to selflessness and community, and after three years, her wish to help feed the homeless through a food drive came true.

“I was taken aback, proud and humbled. She has a once in a lifetime opportunity to do just about anything and she wants to use it for the homeless. That’s just amazing.” – Nina, Emma’s mom

Anyone that has met Emma quickly realizes what a kind and optimistic person she is. Prior to her diagnosis, she traveled to Disney World and didn’t get a chance to enjoy it because of how sick she felt. Instead of choosing to ‘re-do’ her trip to Disney World she knew she wanted to give her wish to the community.

“Despite her siblings trying to get her to do other things, she chose to help the homeless.” - Nina

When local and regional companies heard about Emma’s selfless wish, they jumped at the chance to help. Residents and businesses came together on October 1st at the Twin Falls City Park to donate over 13,000 pounds of food that will go to local food pantries.  

  • Staff at Emma's Wish

  • Emma Cat

  • Food Drive Collections

  • Emma Slide

  • Emma and Julie

  • Emma

I was taken aback, proud and humbled. She has a once in a lifetime opportunity to do just about anything and she wants to use it for the homeless. That’s just amazing. ”

— Nina

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