09/09/2014 - Last day of Chemo at the clinic

I completed my final chemo treatment at the clinic.  My hemoglobin blood count was good. My weight is 21 lbs.  My doctors will monitor my condition after each MRI. Next MRI is on Oct 29th. I have one last 5 day at home treatment at the end of the month. Check out my new photos with the nurses and staff at the clinic.  Please remember to register for the event.

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!

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. 

  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.

 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

5/27/2013 - Support from Family and Friends

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

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       Emily's Cure

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.


08/25/2015 - Week 5 - Round 2 of Chemo

Today I completed week 5 of my second round of chemo treatments. I am having a really difficult time with the treatments. Experiencing hair loss, weight loss, low blood count levels and low hormone levels which effect my liver.  If my weight loss continues I may need surgery to place a feeding tube. My weight is currently 24 Lbs.  Height 35 inches.  I am scheduled for an MRI on Sept 3rd. Please continue to pray for me.  Thank you for your support.

5K Walk to End Children's Brain Tumors- New Jersey

Good news.  The results from the MRI taken on Monday show no cancer on my spine.  The doctors will continue to analyze my condition to determine the next course of action.  Please continue to pray for me.

Today the doctors confirmed that I have a new tumor in the middle of my brain. It's considered fast growing.  Due to its location surgery would not be an option.  There is also enhancement of the existing tumor above my right eye.   I am scheduled for another MRI on Monday to check my spine.  After receiving results of the new MRI my parents will consider carefully the best options for treatment.   More information to follow soon.  Thank you for your support.

06/19/2015 - MRI Update

05/27/2015 - Two years since diagnoses

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.  Its truly a blessing that I do "not" need additional chemotherapy.  MRI follow up will continue every three months until October.  Thank you for your love and support.

1/23/2015 - Happy Birthday to me!

Celebrating my Second Birthday today! Check out my photos.

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

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.

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.

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

  Hi everyone. Please join our team on Sunday September 20th at 9am for a 5K walk to end Children's Brain Tumors.   To register for Emily's team click the "Join Team" button at http://www.firstgiving.com/team/301448.    Check-in will begin at 9 AM and the walk will start at 10 AM. Registration Fee: $10.  Children under 5 years old and survivors are granted free admission.  Event location: Overpeck County Park Amphitheater 199 Challenger Road Ridgefield Park, NJ.  Thank you for your continued support.

07/17/2015 - Surgery completed

  Surgery went well.  The doctors completed the port which will be used for the chemo treatments.  I am doing well.  I am also scheduled for another MRI on July 23rd.  Round 2 I am ready for you. Thank you everyone for your love and support! Please check out our new photos.

06/22/2015 - MRI#11 results

Two years ago I was diagnosed with Optic Glioma.  I spent a wonderful day with family and friends.  Check out my new photos.

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

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.

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

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