Why I'm Running
I’m taking on this challenge for my daughter, Emma. She has fought and overcome an incredible journey and continues to fight each and every day with a huge smile on her face. She is our living miracle and inspiration and I want to run for her and all of the kids fighting life-threatening illnesses every day.
About Team Emma

Meet our miracle girl, Emma! Emma was diagnosed with a rare and severe CHD, pulmonary atresia, intact ventricular septum (PA-IVS), hypoplastic right heart around 20 weeks gestation. Given low survival rates and facing one complication after another, she has kept her amazing medical team on their toes from day one & continues to do so today. After going into cardiac arrest on day 3 of life, Emma was placed on ECMO (full life-support) & then an LVAD for 3 months, with her only chance for survival being a heart transplant. She was sedated, intubated, and having the workload of her heart done by a device outside of her body with the help of several IV medications as we hoped & prayed for a life-saving heart. On February 13th, 2017, she received her miracle heart and has survived and fought through a rollercoaster of complications, including kidney failure, requiring dialysis, chronic lung disease with tracheostomy and ventilator dependence, wound infections, hernia, acute liver failure, and septic shock. She spent her first 323 days in-patient at the Cleveland Clinic, coming home with a tracheostomy, ventilator, oxygen, and a g-tube.

Today, Emma is 4.5 and thriving!! Her trach was removed, and airway reconstructed at the end of 2019 and for the first time, at 3 years old we heard her voice! She is now a little chatter box with an incredible imagination and so much to say. She has the most incredible joy for life and loves music, dancing, Disney princesses and being outdoors! She has been doing in-home learning, along with multiple weekly virtual therapies to help her catch up & is making incredible gains. We are hoping for her to be able to safely attend pre-K in person in the fall! She is our miracle & such an incredible fighter.

$6,162.80 of $5000 goal

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Recent Donations

Don Meyer $93.80
Missy Stamford (Addie's Aunt)

#addiestrong

$25.00
Becca, Mike, and Ellie Biro
3 days ago

So proud of you and Emma for all you have accomplished ❤️❤️

$100.00
Steve & Sarah Drazetic
5 days ago
$100.00
Stephanie Clark
5 days ago

For Emma and in memory of Bodhi

$48.00
Sophia Saccardi & family
6 days ago
Jim and Mallie Boland
7 days ago

Go get em Cara!

$120.00
The Giberti Family
7 days ago

We support you all the way - good luck this weekend! 💖

$100.00
The Barbour Family
9 days ago

We're so proud of you! Good luck this weekend

$48.00
Shay Adams
9 days ago

So impressed by Emma and family to keep on pushing through so many adversities and challenges ❤️

$100.00
Anonymous
12 days ago

You got this! You have done a great job training and you both are fighters!😘

$124.00
Nina Schulte & Family
16 days ago
$24.00
Adriana and Carmela
16 days ago

Go team Emma go!!!we love you !

$100.00
Liz and Dan Lenahan
16 days ago

You continue to amaze us. Love always!

$48.00
The Bartel Family
16 days ago
$24.00
Claudia King
16 days ago

Hoping for some Princesses for your Princess!

$48.00
The Carlone Family
23 days ago

Team Emma all the way! So amazed by you Cara! You are a super hero!!!

$100.00
Dad and Connie
1 month ago

We're proud of you! Good Luck in reaching your goal.

$100.00
The Mehl Family
1 month ago
$50.00
The Ponziani Family
1 month ago

Go Cara and Emma!

$100.00
Catherine Schroth
1 month ago

So proud of you, super mom!

$24.00
Suzanne Frazier
1 month ago

we’re rooting for you every mile!

$120.00
The Giberti Family
1 month ago

You got this Cara!! We’ll be cheering you on 👏🏻❤️🏃🏼‍♀️

The Yurkiewicz Family
1 month ago

So proud of you for tackling this challenge!!!

$100.00
Kara Dockery
1 month ago

I love all of this! Congrats on the running journey and everything you have accomplished and fought for. One of these days we will get together!!

$50.00
The Quinn Family
1 month ago
$24.00
Gargi
2 months ago

You are amazing! ❤️

$50.00
Cousin Andrea Sarnecki-Jeric
2 months ago
$48.00
Mary Papa
2 months ago
$24.00
Ed & Mary Westmeyer
2 months ago

You are amazing, Cara! Emma has been a miracle child, and your fierce love for Liam and Emma have brought you to this day. You’ve got this, Mama!

Anonymous
2 months ago

You got this sister!! I’m so proud of you !!

$240.00
Katie Carroll & Family
2 months ago

We are always rooting for you, Cara! You've got this!

Michelle Karla
2 months ago

You can do hard things, and are an inspiration, Cara!

Laurie and Julia
2 months ago

We’ll be cheering you on! Go Cara!

Anonymous
2 months ago

Glad to be on this adventure with you all!

Natasha and Eric Daina
2 months ago

Best wishes!

The Swade Family
2 months ago

Emma is a true inspiration! Good luck from Shaddy, Deena, Lilly, and Emma Swade!

$24.00
Kazimir & Maria Raguz
2 months ago

Good luck!

Sertich Family
2 months ago
$120.00
Brian and Stacy Fiedler
2 months ago
Lynda Daugherty
2 months ago
$48.00
Aunt Maggie and Uncle Cliff
2 months ago

Sending all our Love.

Chavalia Family
2 months ago

Good luck! You got this!

Estelle Milligan
3 months ago

Good Luck! Love, Grandma

Jess Penick
3 months ago

In loving memory of our heart warrior Dairian Hagens 💙

$24.00
Hugh Milligan
3 months ago

Family first. And you are a special family. Wish I could be there with you. Love uncle Hugh.❤️

$1,000.00
Laurel Hoffman
3 months ago

To Life! L’chaim!!

$18.00
Lauren and Kyle Kreutzinger
3 months ago
Patton Family
3 months ago

Go Cara!!! You rock momma!!

Steve & Ann Raguz
3 months ago

Go Cara! We are with you all the way!

Greg
3 months ago

You got this!

The Adamczyk Family
3 months ago
Adriana and Carmela
3 months ago
$120.00
Katie Raguz
3 months ago

Go Cara and go Detwilers! Love you, Emma! Best of luck :)

Erika Farris
3 months ago

❤️

Fuller Family
3 months ago
$48.00
MDH Family Trust
3 months ago

Your family has been an inspiration, Godspiration to watch. I met your amazing parents, Trish an Larry at Writing retreat… what a joy!

$120.00
Larry and Trish
3 months ago

Your amazing determination has been Emma's strength these 5 years. We know you can do it and we're cheering you on! Love!

Preputnik-Cernanec Family
3 months ago

Go Cara!! We can't wait to come cheer you on!

Dan, Kelly, Lucy, Pete and Sam Callahan
3 months ago

Go Cara and go Emma!! This is awesome!

FIT4MOM
3 months ago

Keep going Mama - You are incredible.

David & Suzy Meyer
3 months ago
Anonymous
3 months ago
Claire and Tom
3 months ago

Go Detwilers!

Linda Prell
3 months ago

I’ve watched Emma’s miraculous progress. She is absolutely amazing, as are all of you! I pray for her every day 😊

$100.00
Kimberly Hilty
3 months ago
Neal Restivo
3 months ago
$100.00
Yarina Conners
3 months ago

Amazing family and miracle girl! Sean and I had a class together in college and I’m in awe of your family’s resilience and determination!

$24.00
Jilly Bean
3 months ago

Go Cara!

Val Porterfield
3 months ago

Such an inspiring family and sweet baby girl! You all are amazing, Emma is a true miracle!

Adam and Sarah
3 months ago

You’re an amazing family! Keep running and we’re all running with you!

Nick & Katie
3 months ago

Go Emma!

Shelley, Kaelin, and Addison
3 months ago

We love you!!!

$50.00
Chapman Family
3 months ago

Keep being the amazing, sweet fighter you are Emma!! We are proud of you and your amazing accomplishments!!