The Cahuilla Lighthouse Ministry and City Reach Church Anza will host a benefit tamale dinner and silent auction to help the family of 5-year-old Emma Joy Booth with costs associated with her treatment for lymphoma and leukemia.
The event will be held at the Cahuilla Tribal Hall, 52701 Highway 371, in Anza Saturday, Oct. 19. Suggested donations are $15 per person and $25 per couple, and tickets will be available at the door.
Emma was diagnosed with “B Lymphoblastic Lymphoma with Mature Immunophenotype” earlier this year. Her treatment plan will take two and a half years to complete, and so far she is responding well, her parents said. Doctors performed several tests to get a baseline for her treatment and as a comparison to see how her body responds to treatment for the future. Those tests included an MRI, CT scan and a bone marrow biopsy.
Her parents, Blake and Stephanie Booth, are pastors at City Reach Church Anza in Terwilliger. Among prayers, strong family values and well-wishes, the couple said they depend on their faith to help deal with their daughter’s illness.
Emma is being treated at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, undergoing chemotherapy treatments, transfusions and other procedures. Her parents said her attitude remains positive and bright.
According to Emma’s Facebook page, Emma Joy’s Journey, the proceeds of the charitable event will go toward gas, food and travel expenses back and forth from the hospital, as well as better nutritional options for Emma and her family at home, such as organic food. Funds will also help reimburse the people who help watch her brothers while Emma is at the hospital.
Emma continues to show improvement and is responding well to the treatment regimen, her parents said.
For more information about the benefit event, call Liz Nagy at (951) 553-1214. To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/Emma-Joys-Journey-1348587371956807.
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