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A Week Of Surprises For Emily Lomeli PDF Print E-mail
Written by By Diana Martinez   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

Titan 17 Meets Dodger 16

It was a very big week filled with happy surprises for 10-year-old Titan baseball player Emily Lomeli.

The nurses on the pediatric ward buzzed and Emily’s doctors stood in the doorway of her room as Dan Castillo, CEO of the LAC + USC Medical Center, paid Emily a visit. Castillo said Emily was the center of conversation at a recent board meeting; he had an 11-year-old daughter himself, and he wanted to meet the baseball girl.

Doctors have noted that they have never seen a case of ovarian cancer in someone so young and have asked the Lomeli family for their permission to study her case.

During his visit, Castillo told Emily to let him know if there is anything he can do. “We are so grateful for the care she has received, and all of the doctors and nurses have been great to us,” said Edwina, Emily’s mother. As photos were posted online about the visit, one Facebooker noting Emily’s challenges wrote, “We know who the real VIP is.”

“The third round of chemo made her very tired,” Edwina said. “But she met her goal to get through the round and discharged from the hospital for the holiday, followed by an excursion to skate downtown at L.A. Live.” Emily was told that she could invite her family along, and for Emily that meant she wanted to skate with all of the members of her “baseball family.”

On Sunday, Dec. 15, the Titan team and their families filled the downtown ice rink with young skaters who wore their bright orange “Believe in 17” baseball jerseys. The Children’s Cancer Research Fund sponsored the event.

“It was awesome to see a bunch of baseball kids on ice skates,” Titan Coach Roger Tafolla said.

The fun continued with yet another surprise and in Emily’s world of loving baseball, this was huge. Emily was told that she was going to tour Dodger Stadium, but what she wasn’t told was that her favorite Dodger would be her tour guide.

On Monday, outfielder Andre Ethier showed up from a vacation with his own family to take her around stadium and the entire Dodger clubhouse. Emily reacted with a very big smile.

“She had no idea that I was going to show up to give her the tour,” Ethier said. “It’s the first time going down this path for a young girl having this type of cancer, and you can definitely see the fight that she has in her.”

Emily walked alongside Ethier dressed in her Titan 17 jersey and he in his Dodger 16 jersey, listening intently as he gave her an inside peeks into the life as a Dodger. On the field, sitting in the dugout, Ethier signed a jersey for her as a keepsake of their time together.

“This is priceless,” Edwina said.

John SooHoo / L.A. Dodgers

My Tour With Andre – Cancer patient Emily Lomeli gets a private tour of Dodger Stadium with her favorite player, outfielder Andre Ethier.

Later, during a Dodger Talk radio show, Ethier encouraged people to go to the “Believe in 17” website. “This is a tough thing right now. You can help Emily in her fight by going to the website with that teal ribbon that represents ovarian cancer.”

Emily’s parents said they appreciate all of the love and attention that has been given to her and their family.

“The doctors and nurses have all commented that they think that Emily is handling the treatment so well because of all the incredible kindness and support that she’s received,” Edwina said.

The Northeast Valley baseball community recently collected toys to present to the pediatrics unit of Keck Hospital. Emily is expected to present the gifts to the children who aren't fortunate enough to be out of the hospital at Christmas.

Emily is expected to begin a fourth round of chemotherapy on Dec. 30. For more information on fundraising efforts and other information, go to: www.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 00:54

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