|Events » CMNH Team Emily Event at Once Upon a Child
Nov. 2, 2013
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Once Upon a Child
3133 State Hwy 16
La Crosse, WI
Join Emily, her family and Magic 105 for this fun event at Once Upon a Child!
Emily Martell just wasn't acting like herself.
The La Crosse girl, who is now 10, could be counted on to splash and play with gusto at Erickson Pool, where her family went on the first day of summer vacation in 2011.
Though Emily was hanging out with her friends like usual, her mother, Roxanne, could not help but notice something different. Emily's thirst seemed unquenchable. She couldn't get enough of the drinks and snacks her family packed for the day. This was so unusual, in fact, that Roxanne called Emily's dad, Greg, asking him to bring more food and drinks to the pool.
Emily's odd eating and excessive drinking continued, enough to raise alarm with her parents. A pediatrician appointment and battery of tests soon followed. Emily was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, formerly known as juvenile diabetes. Emily's young body will not produce healthy levels of insulin.
She now uses a special device called an insulin pump to administer the correct amount of the hormone. Emily's parents say their daughter treats her diagnosis as a "just a bump in the road." Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a service of Gundersen Medical Foundation, has made that pathway smoother.
"From giving our family food vouchers while Emily spent her first days of life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, to most recently paying for a week at Camp Needlepoint (for children with diabetes), Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has been a wonderful part of our family for the past 10 years," the family says.
Since her diagnosis, Emily remains a bubbly girl – despite her daily challenge of living with Type 1 diabetes. She is a sports fan and her favorite teams are the Green Bay Packers, University of Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Brewers and the La Crosse Loggers. She also enjoys art and music, especially the Beatles.
For now she's enjoying movies like "Pitch Perfect" and hanging out with friends, but Emily says she wants to become a diabetes educator or an endocrinologist someday. For Emily it's a new goal and she's not about to let diabetes get in her way