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Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day
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Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

QUITMAN, Ark. (KTHV) – If you entered the Quitman High School gym on Friday, you would have seen a winter wonderland. A carpet of snow blanketed the gym floor, a machine pumped snow into the air, and one very popular song from the movie “Frozen” belted through the speakers as students and faculty gathered together to celebrate Emma Day.

What is Emma Day? It’s a very special celebration of one tough little girl who is battling stage-four osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. The Panama, Okla., native has been receiving treatments at UAMS right here in Little Rock and happened to meet one of Quitman’s teachers—Theresa Hawks—who was undergoing her own therapy for cervical cancer.

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All day long, 5-year-old Emma and her family were treated to fun, games, gifts, and one big surprise. Events included a balloon release, a Kindergarten Girls’ Tea Party, a viewing of “Frozen”, and a pep rally.

After the last of the students gathered into the gym, the audience hushed as Hawks introduced their guest of honor. “Overcomer” by Mandisa blared over the crowd as two of Hawks’ gifted and talented students pulled Emma’s cart into the room. The 5-year-old was clad in a Queen Elsa costume and was seated in a wagon decorated in pink and white tulle, ribbons, and streamers. The crowd cheered as she waved and smiled. Queen Elsa, herself, even made an appearance and sat by Emma’s side in front the podium.

Speeches were given, cheerleaders performed their routines, the band played, and finally, Emma was presented with a trip to Disney World with her family—made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Hawks told THV11 that she her students decided to do all of this for Emma after they met her at the hospital. The students were originally there to see what Hawks did for treatments during her own battle with cancer when they saw Emma and immediately wanted to help.

The next day, Hawks said, her students made their own cards for Emma, and eventually, the entire school got involved.

“She has a smile on her face every day,” Hawks confirmed. “You can’t see her without seeing a smile.”

Since receiving treatment, Emma’s cancer has started to shrink in her leg and ankle, added Hawks.

With Emma on Friday were her sister, her aunt, and her father—who is caring for both of these girls as a single parent.

At the end of the rally, Queen Elsa took Emma around the gym for a much deserved victory lap.

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