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

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

Week 36 of chemo treatments completed.  My blood counts are excellent and my bone marrow is getting stronger.  Weight 25 Lbs, Height 36 inches.   Thank you for your support.

06/01/2016 - First Dance Recital

1/23/2015 - Happy Birthday to me!

Celebrating my Second Birthday today! Check out my photos.

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

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

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.

5/27/2013 - Support from Family and Friends

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


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.   

Week 29 of chemo treatments completed today.  My Hemoglobin blood is low at 7.8.  My weight is 26 lbs with a height of 36 inches.  The chemo treatment is causing my bone marrow to be weak.  Doctors will monitor and determine if I need a blood transfusion next week.  Hopefully my blood and anc counts go up next week.  My next MRI is scheduled for March 24th. Praying that the tumor remains stable.  Thank you for your support.  Check out my photos.

09/1/2016 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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

09/12/2016 - My first Pony ride

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

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.

7/9/2013 - Week 6 Chemo visit

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

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

       Emily's Cure

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! 

08/14/2016 - Week 49 - Round 2 Chemo

12/31/2015 - MRI#12 results

05/17/2016 - Week 36 - Round 2 Chemo

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

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.

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.

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. 

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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.

6/4/2013 - First Chemo visit

5/26/2013 Diagnosis

Week 21 of chemo treatments completed.  My blood counts are normal.  I am doing well. 

07/09/2016 - MRI#14 Results

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

Week 49 of chemo treatments completed.  My blood counts were are normal and feel much better this week. I will be on a two week break from chemo treatments.  

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

Thank you all for your prayers, love and support! Thank God MRI results came back showing the tumor is stable. Please continue to pray for me.

08/31/2016 -Summer Camp

1/23/2014 - Happy Birthday to me!

Celebrating my First Birthday today! Check out my photos.

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.

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

My Journal

Week 43 of chemo treatments completed.  My blood counts were low.  I had to get a blood transfusion.   I am feeling much better today. 

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

01/19/2016 - Week 21- Round 2 Chemo

03/15/2016 - Week 29- Round 2 Chemo

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

06/22/2015 - MRI#11 results

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.

12/11/2014 - MRI# 8 Completed

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 :)

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

07/05/2016 - Week 43 - Round 2 Chemo

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

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!

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 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