Emily's Cure

The MRI results are in.  Unfortunately the results indicate a relapse of three new small tumors which were not visible during the last MRI.  We are meeting with my Oncology doctors next week to determine the next step.  I may have to undergo a 3rd round of Chemotherapy treatments. My family is devastated and ask for your continued prayers and support.    

05/24/2017 -  CTC Academy "Ballet Recital"


01/01/2017 - Happy New Year 2017!

08/31/2016 -Summer Camp

12/22/2015 - Week 16- Round 2 Chemo / NY Giant visit

12/25/2016 - Merry Christmas / School Party

Yay!! One Year Chemo free.  Pray to celebrate many more.  Check out my new video.  

12/11/2014 - MRI# 8 Completed

MRI#8 completed.  Thank god the results show that my tumor has not grown.  Best Christmas gift ever.  Thank you for your support. Please visit our photos page.

4/17/2014 - WABC-TV News Story

Today my mom and I appeared on WABC-TV Eyewitness News at 6pm. This is a great story about a meals program for children undergoing cancer treatments.  This program helps feed our family especially when we spend long days at the hospital.  Thank you Dr. Sapna Parikh, Tomorrows Children Fund, and Stacy Antine HealthBarn Foundation. Check out the video.  http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/video?id=9507649    

7/24/2013 - First MRI Result

 Great day!  Today I received my MRI results. When I was diagnosed in May the tumor was 2.8 by 1.9 in size. The MRI results show that the tumor is now 2.2 by 1.4 above my eyes. The tumor has shrunk in a matter of 2 months.  Part of the tumor broke into two pieces. It's like a miracle! My doctors say this is a big deal. The chemo treatments are working helping me recover. The doctors say my vision will also improve.  Mom and Dad are extremely happy with joy. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

7/16/2013 - Week 7 Chemo visit

  Good day.  Weight 11 lbs 13.2 oz.  Height 26 1/2" long.  My blood count is good.  I will be receiving a new Chemo treatment as of Friday for a period of 5 days. Next Wednesday 7/24 I will receive my first MRI.  My grandpa arrived from Florida to spend time with me.  Check out my new photos. God bless.

5/27/2013 - Support from Family and Friends

My family and friends are sending my parents messages of hope, love and support...

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On this day I was diagnosed with Optic Glioma brain cancer.

My Journal

5/26/2013 Diagnosis

Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.

This site is about Emily Isabella Cortez and her fight over Optic Glioma a form of brain cancer. She will be sharing her thoughts, feelings and insights as she goes through this journey. Please check back regularly for updates on her progress.

We also hope to help raise brain cancer awareness. Together, we can ensure better odds for future generations.  We pray for Emily's cure.


The surgery to remove my Chemo port went well.  I am doing well health wise.  My next MRI is scheduled for June. Thank you for your support.

03/09/2017 - Disneyland California Vacation

10/15/2017 - Health Check

01/23/2016 - Happy 3rd Birthday to me!

05/17/2017 -  Surgery

Today I completed my final round of chemo treatments.  My blood counts are normal and I feel great. Thank you for your continued support.   Check out my photos celebrating with my family.

09/22/2016 - Tomorrow's Children Fund Video

Thank you everyone for your prayers, love and support! The MRI results came back today showing that the tumor is stable with no signs of growth.  My blood culture is very good.  I also gained weight, up to 32 lbs.  Check out my new photos. Please continue to pray for me.

1/23/2014 - Happy Birthday to me!

Celebrating my First Birthday today! Check out my photos.

10/16/2013 - 2nd MRI results

Great news! My doctor received my MRI results today.  My brain tumor has shrunk by 50% in most areas and 25% in other areas.  It's truly a miracle! My parents are so happy.  We will have more information during my chemo treatment next week. 

7/27/2013 - Baptism

Today I was baptized by my aunt Lisa and Uncle Willie.   What a blessed day.  We had a wonderful family gathering at home to celebrate my baptism.  Check out the new pictures.  God bless.

 Comfortable day at chemo.  Weight 11 lbs 9.6 oz.   Santa came to visit me at the hospital today and gave me a gift.   Check out my new photos.  All blood test results are great.  My hemoglobin is at 11.1 and my blood platelets are 100.  Loving my new toy Santa brought me.  Christmas in July :)

7/9/2013 - Week 6 Chemo visit

The first day of chemotherapy was difficult for my parents.   We received lots of messages from family and friends with support.

6/4/2013 - First Chemo visit

My family and I had a wonderful time on our Disneyland vacation thanks to the Make a Wish Foundation.  Check out our Disneyland photos and video

Celebrating my third Birthday in the snow after the Blizzard of 2016. Check out my new photos.  Thank you for your continued support.

11/1/2017 - MRI#18 Results

08/17/2017 - MRI#17 Results

06/01/2016 - First Dance Recital

The Max Challenge event was a great success. Thank you to everyone who participated and a special thanks to Angela for making all of the arrangements.   Check out my video and photos of the event.   

01/23/2017 - Happy 4th Birthday to me!

10/22/2016 - Frances Foundation Gala Honoree

My family and I moved to Florida today.  I was accepted into the Arnold Palmer Children's hospital which is rank best in the country for children with my condition.  I will miss my friends and family in New Jersey.  Thank you for all of your support, especially the Hackensack Children's hospital for everything you have done for me. 

06/26/16 - Tomorrows Children’s  Join Hands 5K Walk

Celebrating my Second Birthday today! Check out my photos.

01/11/2015 - Standing for the first time!

5K Walk for Tomorrow's Children Fund was a lot of fun! We all had a wonderful time and it was great to meet Hoda Kotb!  Check out the new photos from the 5K walk with family and friends.  Thank you for your support.

I had a great summer at Camp Sunrise. I will miss my friends.  We had so much fun.  I learned to swim with floaties and met princess Cinderella and Elsa.  During camp we also recorded a music video to the Justin Timberlake songs "Cant stop the feeling".  Click video.  Also check out my summer camp photos.   

Attended my first dance recital at school.  My parents are very proud of me. Check out my new photos.

My MRI results are in. The tumor above my right eye has shrunk. The balance of the tumor is stable.  The cancer remains under control. We are meeting with the oncologist to discuss the next step. We are also scheduling an appointment to remove my port and feeding tube.  Thank god for this miracle.    MRI follow up will continue every three months until October.  Thank you for your love and support.

Check out new photos of me standing and playing the piano. My physical therapy is really paying off. Thank you for your support.

02/03/2016 - My first day of school!

09/29/2017 - One Year Chemo Free

09/29/2016 - Week 56 -  End of Chemo

Had a great time with my family spending Christmas together.  Check out my photos and video at my school Christmas party.  Click here to view my video singing Rudolph the red nose reindeer.

Week 16 of chemo treatments completed.  My blood counts are normal and I gained weight, up to 27 lbs.  I am doing well.  I have an MRI scheduled for next week Dec 29th. I will be on a two week break from Chemo treatments.  We were extremely excited to meet Eli Manning and Josh Brown of the NY Giants. They visited the hospital today and provided generous gifts to all of the children. Check out my new photos with Eli and Josh.

03/19/2015 - MRI#9 Results / Great news

1/23/2015 - Happy Birthday to me!

My first day of school was exciting.  Check out new photos. I am on a two week break from Chemo treatments.  Doing well.

Check out the video of my mom's interview at Tomorrow's Children Fund.  Click this link to watch the Video.   Support Tomorrows Children's Fund by donating today .  Very happy and excited to announce that October 1st will be my last cycle of chemotherapy treatment! 

Attended a wonderful Gala with family and friends. Thank you to the Frances Foundation for honoring  all other children battling cancer! It truly was an amazing event! View my new photos of the event. 

Celebrating my 4th Birthday in sunny Orlando, Florida with all my family and friends.   We had a wonderful vacation and birthday celebration.  Check out my new photos.  We are truly blessed! Thank you all for your prayers, love and support.

06/17/2017 - The Max Challenge Event

Doing well health wise.  Blood counts all normal.   MRI scheduled is for next month.  Check out my new photos.  Thank you for your support.

I performed at the Ballet recital today with my favorite aide, Annie....you're the best! Check out my photos  and video from the recital. Thank you CTC Academy for your hard work and dedication to all of the children. It was a beautiful and amazing exprience.

8/20/2017 - Move to Florida