08/31/2016 -Summer Camp

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.

I had a great time with mom and dad picking pumpkins for the fall.  See new photos

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

09/12/2016 - My first Pony ride

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

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    

7/27/2013 - 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.

5/27/2013 - Support from Family and Friends

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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.

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

07/09/2016 - MRI#14 Results

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

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. 

12/31/2015 - MRI#12 results

10/16/2016 - Pumpkin picking with Family

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.

1/23/2015 - Happy Birthday to me!

Celebrating my Second Birthday today! Check out my photos.

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

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. 

7/16/2013 - 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.

 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

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

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

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

09/29/2016 - Week 56 -  End of Chemo

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.


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!

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.

06/22/2015 - MRI#11 results

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.

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

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

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.

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.   

10/22/2016 - Frances Foundation Gala Honoree

09/1/2016 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

01/01/2016- Happy New Year 2016!

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

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

06/01/2016 - First Dance Recital

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

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.

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.

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

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