**SPOILER ALERT- to see Emily's updated TO-SEE list scroll down!!!**
New York City girl. Yoga enthusiast. Philantropist. 26. Virginia Tech Hokie. Outgoing. Spin nut. Fashionista. Cancer survivor. Jewelry queen. Slight accent. Southern charm. Northern pace. Positive. Foodie. Young Adult Cancer Advocate. sweet emily.
Emily Morrison, a 2009 Virginia Tech graduate, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in April 2011. Since then, Emily has undergone Chemo, radiation and countless surgeries.
The good news?
Emily's brain tumor is not growing at the moment.
The bad news?
As of recently, Emily's optic nerve tumor has been interfering with her vision- leaving her completely blind in her right eye. Within the last few weeks, Emily's vision in her left eye is diminishing- if this continues, she will most likely be completely blind very soon. The doctors have said that they do not think her vision will return.
Emily is undergoing chemo now, in hopes to stop growth of the optic tumor.
What WE can do:
Ever since Emily has been diagnosed, she has only asked that people donate to Brain Tumor research- stating that "Research is my key. Research can save my life. I fundraise for the National Brain Tumor Society because remission is not the end or the beginning - it is the middle. Until there is a cure, I will fight every day."
She has never once asked for financial contributions personally despite continuing to live on her own and work in Manhattan for over a year and having countless hospital stays and surgeries.
Emily has created a "To See" list. She says this is not a bucket list but rather a spontaneous list of things she needs to see before she loses her vision. Some of the things are her list are big, some of them are small. Let's help Emily out financially so she can accomplish all of the things that are on her list- afterall, she would never ask herself.
EMILY'S UPDATED LIST (1.9.14)
Greece (and Italy and Turkey)
Australia / The Great Barrier Reef
Ride an elephant
Swim in a waterfall
Swim with sharks - swam in a tank next
to sharks in a tnk*
Celine Dion in concert
Learn how to drive stick - pending/claimed
Hold a Koala
White Water rafting (zikind of- a mqn mde
Penguins... to be expanded on
Swim with manatees in Florida
See a whale up close
Go snow tubing
Ride the slide at Atlantis
See the northern lights
Statue of Liberty - up close
TOTS Flag Picture
Another Virginia Tech football game
Sunrise from my roof in NYC
Tell my story in a Columbia/NYP Commercial "Amazing Things are Happening Here"
Ride in a hot air balloon - purchased, to be scheduled
Publish something I wrote
Be interviewed by Oprah
See a Cirque De Soleil Show
Have Under Water photos taken
Ride in a helicopter
Dog sledding in Alaska
Learn to surf in Hawaii
Go to Colorado
Cirque du Soleil
Baltimore Inner harbor, smash crabs
Wicked On Broadway (or another show) - Mamma Mia
Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water
Sleep in Cinderella's Castle in Disney
Attend a show at Fashion Week
(Re)connect with Hoda Kotb
The monarach butterfly migration