Thanks to you, the homebrewing community, together we have raised $8,000 in donations to the Children's Hospital of MN - 100% of the profit from sales of our Emma's Ale recipe kit go to pediatric cancer research. And via her father, our friend and colleague Chris German of Brewers Supply Group, here's an update on Emma herself:
Last week, Emma began the second round of six rounds of an antibody therapy designed to mop up any remaining sick cells that may have somehow eluded the six rounds of chemo, surgery, a stem-cell transplant, and radiation. The antibody therapy can be difficult because Neuroblastoma is a cancer originating in the nerve cells which of course transit pain but Emma has been strong. The good news is that Emma’s hair has begun to grow back, although it’s coming in curly and Emma would prefer straight hair! In between treatments, we plan to enjoy the Minnesota summer by taking lots of camping trips. We expect to successfully complete the treatment by October.
Some more Emma news related to homebrewing; Emma and her family will be in Chicago on Saturday, June 18th for the Hop Juice Festival put on by her good friends at the Two Brothers Brewing Co. Every year, Two Brothers puts on the Hop Juice Fest as a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish. This year, they came to Emma’s family because they specifically wanted to sponsor Emma's wish to go to Disney World. There will be bands, foods, lots of good beer, and a homebrewing competition where the $5 entry fee goes to granting Emma’s Make-A-Wish. General admission to the festival is free. More info can be found here: http://www.hopjuicefestival.com/ Cheers. And THANK YOU!!"
We'll double down on Chris's "THANK YOU," homebrewers. Keep brewing, keep doing good.