Nine year old Emily Whitehead is living proof that cancer research can save lives. Emily was just five years old when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL.) Although ALL is commonly regarded as a highly curable form of cancer, Emily suffered a series of setbacks and relapses which dropped her chances of survival to less than 30%. Despite a dismal prognosis, Emily was able to beat the odds by participating in an experimental clinical trial at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP.) Thanks to the lifesaving cancer research being done at CHOP, today Emily is a cancer-free, healthy, and happy fourth-grader.
Grateful for the research that saved Emily’s life, her family has founded the Emily Whitehead Foundation to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research. To read more about Emily’s story and find out how you can donate, or volunteer to help the Emily Whitehead Foundation, visit EmilyWhiteheadFoundation.org.
Emily’s experimental cancer treatment success has generated worldwide attention. Her family is hoping that the media exposure Emily’s story has gained from the New York Times, Forbes, PARENTS Magazine, The Doctors show, CNN, HBO, PBS, and the Stand-Up-to-Cancer telethon will encourage more people to donate to cancer research and ultimately lead to a cure.
Ben Shein, Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyer at Shein Law, had the pleasure of meeting of Emily Whitehead and her family at The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. Ben Shein and the Whiteheads bonded over their shared commitment to finding a cure for cancer. Philadelphia asbestos lawyers at Shein Law support the Emily Whitehead Foundation and are encouraged and inspired by Emily’s story.
Shein Law provides legal representation to people diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer and have experienced first-hand the devastation caused by this deadly disease. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, call the Shein Law at 1-877-SHEIN-LAW or contact us online to find out how we can help you and your family.