Video: A Special Child's Cancer Journey

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By News Team on March 8, 2022

When Melissa and Clay Tate heard their baby Emily's cancer diagnosis, they wanted to make sure she had every chance of surviving. Read on for a few highlights and watch the video to see some of the toughest and brightest moments of her 5-year journey to surviving—and thriving—with help from the Pediatric Oncology team at Carilion Children's.

A Wilms tumor, or nephroblastoma, diagnosis meant surgery the day after Emily's first birthday to remove one of her kidneys. Months of chemotherapy soon followed.

Pediatric hematologist-oncologist Violet Borowicz, M.D., led Emily's care team.

"They rallied really quickly," said mom Melissa. "Emily was put in the right place at the perfect timing for us." 

The family made life as normal as possible during her treatment. "We went to get ice cream a lot," said Melissa.

After many treatments and follow-up checkups, Emily "rang the bell" to celebrate the end of chemotherapy and went home cancer-free.

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