A Grainger County girl who is battling leukemia will get help for her treatments by her county’s residents on Friday.
The walk for Emma Grace Daniels will take place Friday evening on Main Street as the kickoff to the Harvest Pride Festival in Bean Station. Registration will take place at 6 p.m. Friday with a live band performing at 7 p.m. The walk will start at 8 p.m. with 12 local vendors set up along the route.
Medic Regional Blood Center will also be taking donations of blood from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday on Main Street.
Daniels, a fourth-grade student at Joppa Elementary School, was diagnosed with leukemia on June 28, the same day that she and her family were scheduled to take a beach vacation. She is currently at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital getting treatment.
“She was diagnosed June 28,” Lisa Daniels, Emma’s mother, said in a previous Tribune article. “She found out through her doctor that she had a swollen lymph node behind her ear. We went and had it checked out. He sent us to Children’s Hospital in Knoxville. It was diagnosed through bloodwork, so they caught it early.”
In early September, Emma started phase two of her treatments at Children’s four days a week. When asked about how Emma is doing these days, Jeanie Davis, Emma’s aunt, stated that Emma was undergoing a bone marrow biopsy. Her treatments have been delayed for two weeks due to her white blood cells count being low.
“That family’s lives will never be the same,” Davis said. “She is feeling good at the present time, other than the low white blood count.”
Daniel’s mother, Lisa Daniels, commented in September that her daughter has been a fighter.
“She’s been a trooper through it all. She’s kept a smile on her face, a positive attitude and she has done really well,” Lisa said. “Everybody has been so wonderful. Our community, family, friends, everybody. We’ve been truly blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives.”
Entry fee for the walk is $20 per person, with children nine years of age and under walking for $15. A Thriller dance-off will be held after the walk at $10 per person.
For more information or to donate, call 865-603-7344.