Special birthday for Carolina Forest girl battling brain cancer
by April Baker (WPDE)
An outpouring of community support continues for one young girl fighting for her life against brain cancer.
On Saturday, Fallon Emery got a special surprise 10th birthday party at Longbeards Bar and Grill in Carolina Forest.
Hundreds showed up to celebrate and support this young lady who many on Saturday describe as, "One-of-a-kind," "Strong", and "Fierce".
In October, Fallon started having seizures.
"We thought Fallon was epileptic,"said Fallon's mom Melanie.
On Dec. 4, Fallon got a CAT scan that showed a mass on her brain.
"I sat down with her surgeons, and they said not a problem, we are going to remove this mass. It'll be fine,'" Melanie said.
Surgeons operated on her the next day, but the outcome was not what the family had wanted.
Fallon was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.
Without radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Fallon would only live another two or three months, according to Melanie.
With treatments, Melanie said she would be able to live about a year.
Saturday's birthday party was also a fundraiser for Fallon. The money raised will allow her get those medical treatments.
On Jan. 6.,Fallon will undergo radiation and chemotherapy treatments at MUSC in Charleston.
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Like many kids her age, Fallon Emery loves to play video games. But these days, it's one of the few things the 9 year old is able to do.
"In the beginning of October Fallon started having seizures," Fallon's mother Melanie said. "The doctor thought she was epileptic, the seizures started getting worse over time, and on December the 4th, they had gotten so bad that I took her to the emergency room."
Doctors did a CAT scan of Fallon's head and found a mass that turned out to be an aggressive form of brain cancer, typically seen in adults. Fallon underwent surgery to remove the tumor, but the battle wasn't nearly over. Doctors informed Melanie her daughter would be lucky to live another six months.
It's a tough pill for any parent to swallow, but Melanie made the choice not to tell Fallon that her upcoming birthday could very well be her last.
"I don't want her to feel like there's a clock, like it's ticking, it's more of an impending doom, you know," Emery said. "I don't want her to feel like she's being treated differently."
So the Emery family is living in the moment. Melanie even shaved her hair into a Mohawk and died it blue to support her daughter.
"She is small, but she is strong, you know," Emery said. "Even after the surgery that's what the surgeon said, I mean she came out of a six hour, eight hour brain surgery and said 'here I am.'"
After the new year, the Emery's will head to MUSC in Charleston for seven weeks of treatments. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming. "It feels good to know that love me, and all my friends and family are praying for me," Fallon said.
So for now, the Emery's will stick to video games, savoring every last moment they have. "It's a long shot, but I pray every day and I've said it before, if my child for some reason, you know, [through] divine intervention, I would give up everything that I have," Emery said.
To help the Emery's with medical bills and to celebrate Fallon's 10th birthday, friends and family put together a 10th Birthday Party/Fundraiser event. It's happening on Fallon's birthday, December 28th, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Longbeards Bar and Grill in Carolina Forest. But shh... don't tell Fallon! It's a surprise.
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