I had a great time with mom and dad trick or treating for Halloween.  See new photos and video

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.

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.

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    

1/23/2014 - Happy Birthday to me!

5/27/2013 - Support from Family and Friends

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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.


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

Check out my photos at the Pony Power Therapy in Mahwah! I truly enjoyed it! It was amazing, god bless.  

03/24/2016 - MRI#13 Results / Great news

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

Great news.  The results from the MRI taken show shrinkage in two areas of my tumor.  One area shrunk from 0.8 to 0.7 and the other area from 0.7 to 0.5.  The tumor area above my right eye also had some shrinkage and remains stable.  My next appointment is with a Neurosurgeon. Please continue to pray for me.

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.

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

12/11/2014 - MRI# 8 Completed

 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

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

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.

01/01/2016- Happy New Year 2016!

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

04/16/2015 - Walking for the first time!

1/23/2015 - Happy Birthday to me!

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.

7/9/2013 - Week 6 Chemo visit

Thank you everyone for your prayers, love and support! The MRI results came back today showing that the tumor is stable with slight shrinkage in some areas.   My blood counts are very good and I gained weight, up to 31 lbs.  Height 37.5 inches. This is a great start to the New Year.   I'm very excited about my 4th Birthday coming up next week. Please continue to pray for me.

06/01/2016 - First Dance Recital

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


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

09/12/2016 - My first Pony ride

Celebrating my First Birthday today! Check out my photos.

7/27/2013 - Baptism

 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 :)

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. 

11/25/2016 - Happy Thanksgiving 

Doing really good health wise.   Had a great time with family and friends at the Children's Hospital Holiday Party.   Check out my photos.

12/10/2016 - Holiday Party

Celebrating my Second Birthday today! Check out my photos.

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

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. 

7/24/2013 - First MRI Result

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

01/01/2017 - Happy New Year 2017!

The MRI results show that the tumor is stable and does not show any signs of enhancement. Thank god.  The chemo therapy treatments are working and I am in good condition. We thank you for your love and support.  We also want to wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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

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.

10/16/2013 - 2nd MRI results

  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.

       Emily's Cure

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.

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

Like my page on Facebook to see a video of me walking for the first time!  My physical therapy is really working for me.   I have a surgery scheduled for next week April 29th to remove my portal and feeding tube.  Please pray for 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! 

10/31/2016 - Halloween 

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

10/22/2016 - Frances Foundation Gala Honoree

08/31/2016 -Summer Camp

12/25/2016 - Merry Christmas / School Party

01/13/2017 - MRI#15 Results

12/31/2015 - MRI#12 results

Doing well health wise since the end of my chemo treatments.   Spending time with the family for Thanksgiving.

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.