Although Emmarie Wells spent her sixth birthday in the hospital, she was all smiles.
She would tell you that she was there “to get the bump on her foot fixed,” but she was at UF Health Shands because the "bump" is a CIC Dux sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that has also spread to her lungs.
But on her birthday, May 6, she was all smiles because the nurses decorated her hospital room with balloons and a Happy Birthday banner and even found a few little gifts to give her.
“She’s so inspiring to us all,” said Kathy Wells, Emmy’s grandmother. “She has a smile on her face all the time and really has no clue what’s going on. She just says she has a bump on the bottom of her foot — that’s how it started. The first sign of it was only a couple of months ago.”
Emmy is the daughter of Megan Chmura and Aaron Wells, of Inverness, and is a rising first grade student at Inverness Primary School.
She likes pepperoni pizza, drawing pictures, the movie “Frozen,” fishing with her dad, little bitty tigers and unicorns.
Currently, Emmy is going through aggressive chemo treatments, which her grandmother said she endures like a champion.
“After her first treatment, she started to lose her hair,” Wells said. “And at her second treatment, she asked if they would cut off her hair because it was itching her. So, they cut her hair off and took a razor and shaved her head, and when I walked in she said, ‘Hey, Nanny! I asked them to cut my hair off!”
“The next day, they brought her all kinds of hats to wear — she thinks the hospital is great,” Wells said.
Wells added that the tumor ("bump") on Emmy's foot appears to be shrinking and they're hopeful that the cancer in her lungs will shrink too.
"We won't know until after all the chemo treatments are done and they do more tests," Wells said.
Nevertheless, Emmy’s cancer is serious and the community is rallying around this longtime Citrus County family.
“We believe, as a family, that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above anything we ask or even think, and we’re asking people to please pray,” said Erin Wells, Emmy’s cousin. “Pray for (Emmy’s) mommy and daddy to have the strength and the faith to carry them through this devastating journey...We are asking friends and family to put her on every prayer list, every prayer chain, every prayer group...Also, any donations to help on this long road ahead will be greatly appreciated.”
Two fundraising events are planned to help cover medical expenses:
* Saturday, June 22, 3 p.m. (Food served from 3-6 p.m.)
Skipper’s Whiskey River Saloon, 3451 E. Louise Lane, Hernando.
Food, auction, music
Scheduled bands include: Bad Kitty, Swamp Machine, Neverhearduvem, Nirvana Tribute Band
* Sunday, June 30, noon
Sauced Hogs, 2408 . Fatima Ave. (off County Road 486), Hernando.
Live music, raffles, cornhole tournament, face painting
For information, call or text 352-257-3567
Donations can be made through the office of Ryan Lampasona State Farm Insurance Agent, 867 NE 5th Street (State Road 44), Crystal River, Florida, 34429. Make checks payable to Emmarie Wells.