Saturday, March 27, 2010

Make-A-Wish Gala in Saratoga



We haven't posted much lately because everything is so normal that it hardly seems newsworthy. We did make it into the Society pages of the Albany newspaper, following Emily's presentation at the annual Make-A-Wish Gala in Saratoga. Here's a picture of us at the fancy event and another with the Jumbotron in the background. She looked stunning in the borrowed dress (thanks Kendra!).

She talked about the dark stressful days last year in Children's hospital, when Dr. Blume told her she had to stay tethered to a pump while waiting for her heart. Emily explained that Dr. Blume asked her if there was anything she could do to make the waiting better, and Emily reported to the crowd of donors that she told Dr. Blume that she would appreciate a private room and an internet connection so that she could play Guild Wars. She got the game, but not the room, and the promise of a Make-A-Wish. Thinking about her Wish was a great distraction during that period of waiting and during her long convalescence. She transfixed her audience of several hundred people, and she ended by saying, "All my life people told me that I was 'at the low end of normal,' but that day in Seattle at Guild Wars I was a star. Thank you Make-A-Wish." The hands went up in the air when TV 13 news anchor Benita Zahn asked for $10,000 donations. After she took the podium from Emily she said, "Now I need to add Emily to the list of people I don't want to follow on a stage."