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Though battling a chronic disease, Emma Greene competes to be Lodi High's top scholar

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Posted: Saturday, December 19, 2009 12:00 am

Emma Greene sat at the table in her family's kitchen, a pre-calculus book spread out in front of her.

Her mother was making tea, her father was in the garage with his woodworking tools, and her brother, Joseph, was in his room doing homework.

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  • posted at 10:37 am on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.


    To All: I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas with peace, health and many blessings in the New Year!Love, Lodian :-)

  • posted at 5:20 am on Tue, Dec 22, 2009.


    Emma is my niece, and her strength, as well as my sisters, never fails to amaze me, i will always be so proud of our beautiful girl. The last time i saw Emma, she was 6 years old, as i also live in England, but she was a joy to be around. Emma has touched our hearts in so many ways, not just through her beauty, but through her sheer determination. I have a picture of her, taken just a couple of years ago, on my mantlepiece, alongside one of her cousin, and it's one that i love. I know it's christmas, and money for everyone is tight, but if you can, please donate, even just a little, for the most amazing person i have ever known, thankyou and merry christmas xxxx

  • posted at 4:49 am on Tue, Dec 22, 2009.


    What a heartwrenching story,brilliantly written,i do wonder if they will get an escort to the hospital to help them get through if the traffic is really heavy,lets hope she will soon have had the operation and be on her way to recovery,christmas and new year wishes to everyone xx

  • posted at 11:05 pm on Mon, Dec 21, 2009.


    I am Haleys Aunt and I have only met Emma once when she was about five years old. she was a very clever little girl then I do hope that everthing goes well for her.I do hope that the people of Lodi can support the family through this difficult time.Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.

  • posted at 9:26 pm on Sun, Dec 20, 2009.


    We are Emmas grandparents, and we also live in england,Emma was a beautiful girl and has grown into a beautiful young lady,she has so much determination she could achieve all her dreams, Hayley and Mick have gone without things for themselves to give Emma and Joseph all they could,we know this is an expensive time of the year but if anyone could donate to her fund every little helps,we wish you all a very happy christmas thankyou xxx

  • posted at 11:06 am on Sun, Dec 20, 2009.


    May God richly bless this family! This young lady deserves all that she hopes for. I pray that her family's economic situation improves, as well.

  • posted at 6:23 am on Sun, Dec 20, 2009.


    I'm Emma's auntie and live and in England. I've never known such a strong willed person in all my life, it makes me so proud to have her as my neice. So many things can go wrong in your life but when you read Emma's story it just doesn't compare. I haven't seen Emma in 8 years, she was my bridesmaid when I got married, and do you know she was beautiful. I'm renewing my vowes in 2011 and have asked Emma to be my bridesmaid again, she was so excited, I can't wait to see her again. I know it's Christmas and money is tight but all donations small or big will be so greatfully received. Merry Christmas everyone, and thank you xx

  • posted at 5:05 am on Sun, Dec 20, 2009.


    There is a "Special Message reflected in the incredible way Rich made this story "Touch each of our lives!"The message is this:Each of us have things going on in our lives which make us struggle, complain, and feel angry at the world! Some of these issues we face ; "We made ourselves; for example "Addictions!" Some problems, "We were just at the wrong place at the wrong time!"What I feel this article and Emma show us all is... "No matter how bad we think life is treating us, no matter how we feel life is unfair, there are others who struggle much harder than we do.... even with their right and hope to live!It is an individuals choice to reflect "Darkness and depression to others, or in Emma's case. "To be a beacon of light, hope and inspiration to others!Surely this community can reach out and help this family in this time of need!God Bless you Emma, your family and all readers!

  • posted at 6:26 pm on Sat, Dec 19, 2009.


    Emma Greene: You are amazing! God bless you sweetheart. You WILL hike in Yosemite, go to the Monterey Bay aquarium and visit the San Francisco Zoo. I just know it. May all your dreams come true! You are in our prayers.

  • posted at 3:31 pm on Sat, Dec 19, 2009.


    Very well done, Mr. Hanner. You have helped bring to light the enormous struggle of this feisty, bright woman and her family. Emma fights for every breath, and I mostly waste mine saying I'm going "to do something" and never get around to doing it. She is truly an inspiration, and I hope whoever reads this story will find a way to at least give a little, even if it's just enough for a sandwich or two at the hospital cafeteria (while they're waiting for some new lungs for their beautiful daughter.) All the very best to them.

  • posted at 11:50 am on Sat, Dec 19, 2009.


    Im praying for Emma and her family. May God bless them during this holiday season.

  • posted at 11:40 am on Sat, Dec 19, 2009.


    ah! I see it now! At the Wells fargo bank in the Raley`s store!

  • posted at 11:38 am on Sat, Dec 19, 2009.


    Is there a way that one could make a donation to help this brave lass?

  • posted at 3:32 am on Sat, Dec 19, 2009.


    This was a very touching story. I knew it was a Rich Hanner article due to the superb writing. I pray that this young lady receives her Christmas miracle - I know somebody will have to die in order to give her a chance at a new life - but that's what the Christmas message is all about. A huge sacrifice that God made for all mankind. I know it's hard to understand why some people, especially when they are sweet and good like Emma, suffer. But I know that God always has a plan, and I pray that God will heal her and she will live a long full life blessing others, encouraging others along their difficult journey. Blessings to this family.



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