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|Emily Lomeli Receives The Best News|
|Written by Diana Martinez|
|Thursday, 06 February 2014 17:37|
After long stays and four rounds of chemotherapy at the pediatric unit at the L.A. County USC Medical Center, 10-yearold Emily Lomeli received the news that her family, and her friends and teammates from the North Valley baseball community have been praying for. She is cancer free. “I have not stopped crying with happy tears,” Emily's mother Edwina wrote in a Facebook post informing her friends of the good news.
Diagnosed with immature ovarian teratoma, a rare type of ovarian cancer, Emily went through surgery followed by chemotherapy. Her case was so unusual that doctors at USC requested to study her case. She finished her final round of chemotherapy last month and this week after undergoing a CT scan, she received the results. Flashing her signature big smile, she took a photo holding up a sign with the good news.
“It's been a rough battle for our Emily. She fought and never stopped. She is one tough little girl that came up on top,” Edwina said. Emily received an outpouring of support not only from her baseball team, the North Valley Titans, but also from the greater youth baseball community.
She was a familiar face as the only girl who played on what is typically a boy's baseball team, and was known as a tough competitor who loved the game. To keep the community informed of her progress, her coaches set up a website they titled, “Believe in 17,” and organized a baseball tournament as a fundraiser to help the Lomeli family with medical and other related costs. As she battled the disease, her teammates wore bright orange baseball jerseys with her number “17” emblazoned on them.
Even members of rival teams rode up to the baseball field with the motto “Believe In 17” written on their car windows, and they eagerly signed up for the fundraising tourney. “Before you could call it a rivalry, but now it’s brought us together,” Coach Buddy Rodriguez said in a previous news report. Emily’s doctors noted that the outpouring of support she received played a strong role in her ability to handle the difficult treatment.
Emily and her mother would read the many Facebook messages of encouragement posted each day. “All of the prayers and comments helped Emily and us to get by all those difficult nights,” Edwina said. “God is great. We, the Lomeli family, want to thank everyone for all of your prayers and support. We are truly blessed to have you in our lives and [helping] us get by all those difficult nights. Thank you, thank you.” Emily is now back in school and back on the field.