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.

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Anonymous
3 days ago

Glad to be on this adventure with you all!

Natasha and Eric Daina
3 days ago

Best wishes!

The Swade Family
3 days ago

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

$24.00
Kazimir & Maria Raguz
4 days ago

Good luck!

Sertich Family
8 days ago
$120.00
Brian and Stacy Fiedler
8 days ago
Lynda Daugherty
8 days ago
$48.00
Aunt Maggie and Uncle Cliff
9 days ago

Sending all our Love.

Chavalia Family
9 days ago

Good luck! You got this!

Estelle Milligan
11 days ago

Good Luck! Love, Grandma

Jess Penick
12 days ago

In loving memory of our heart warrior Dairian Hagens 💙

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Hugh Milligan
12 days ago

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

$1,000.00
Laurel Hoffman
12 days ago

To Life! L’chaim!!

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Lauren and Kyle Kreutzinger
12 days ago
Patton Family
12 days ago

Go Cara!!! You rock momma!!

Steve & Ann Raguz
12 days ago

Go Cara! We are with you all the way!

Greg
12 days ago

You got this!

The Adamczyk Family
12 days ago
Adriana and Carmela
12 days ago
$120.00
Katie Raguz
12 days ago

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

Erika Farris
12 days ago

❤️

Fuller Family
12 days ago
$48.00
MDH Family Trust
12 days 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
12 days 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
13 days ago

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

Dan, Kelly, Lucy, Pete and Sam Callahan
14 days ago

Go Cara and go Emma!! This is awesome!

FIT4MOM
14 days ago

Keep going Mama - You are incredible.

David & Suzy Meyer
14 days ago
Anonymous
15 days ago
Claire and Tom
15 days ago

Go Detwilers!

Linda Prell
15 days ago

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

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Kimberly Hilty
15 days ago
Neal Restivo
16 days ago
$100.00
Yarina Conners
16 days 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
16 days ago

Go Cara!

Val Porterfield
16 days ago

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

Adam and Sarah
16 days ago

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

Nick & Katie
16 days ago

Go Emma!

Shelley, Kaelin, and Addison
16 days ago

We love you!!!

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Chapman Family
16 days ago

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