Community rallying with cards for Brighton teen fighting cancer

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The call for support for 13-year-old Emma Roberts of Brighton has gone out and the cards are coming in.

Roberts, a Maltby Intermediate School student, is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Diagnosed with the disease in April, she’s been undergoing treatment at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. Since her diagnosis, family and friends have rallied to provide support and assistance. You can follow all the activities, including the sale of special T-shirts to support her, at #emmarobertsstrong on Facebook.

The call went out from Emma’s family and friends to send cards of any sort to her; because of her treatment, Emma has to be isolated, and the cards cheer her up. Joining the effort is the Brighton Area Fire Department firefighters and the newest firefighter recruits from across Livingston County, and they’re issuing a call for more people to participate.

“One of the bravest girls in our community, Emma Roberts … was diagnosed earlier this year with cancer,” wrote the firefighters on their Facebook page. “(Cancer is) one disease, as firefighters, that is always on our minds and that no child should ever have to endure.

“Our firefighters and the Livingston County FF Academy took a few moments to send some encouraging words for her ongoing battle. We hope that you can too. “

The call is for any cards — not just those for the holiday season — that would put a “smile on her face.”

Anyone wanting to join in the effort to support Emma can send their cards to: Emma Roberts, 8096 Pine Ranch Drive, Brighton, Mich. 48114

Organizers are hoping Emma can receive cards from across the world. You can check out the Christmas Cards for Emma Facebook page.

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