GOOD PERSON, GOOD CAUSE
This past summer with Team USA I met Emily Hepker. At first I thought she was just a friend of one of our staff members. She was at our practice in Ohio snapping away pictures and just enjoying being around. I was friendly, but it wasn’t until later that night at the Indians game that I got to know her a little more. I guess I come off as intimidating, so she didn’t want to ask for a picture. As soon as I heard this I joking went up to her and said “hey I don’t bite… I hear you want a picture?” She got her picture, and later she jokingly referred to herself as “the girl with cancer.” Throughout the game we chatted and I was filled in on her situation.
Emily has been battling cancer a long time. She even stopped to get a blood transfusion on her way down to come meet our team. She played softball in high school before having to give it up due to illness, but has kept her passion for the game. If you are around Emily you would never know she’s sick, until she makes a joke about it. She was truly an amazing person to spend a day with, but I got to see her again!
When the Pride went to Akron to play the Racers, Emily came down to watch again! She stayed for a few days, and as always enjoyed great conversations, jokes and lots of smiles.
Now to the help… Team USA has pulled together to get a bunch of items, gift certificates etc donated in order to auction and help Emily afford the treatment she needs. Please please check out the auction and bid to help Emily… There’s a lot of cool things on there, and it’s going to a wonderful young lady who has fought more than ever, and now needs help to keep fighting!
From me, Team USA, and I’m sure Emily too…. We thank you!