The 2018 Hope Gala
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Meet the 2017 Hope Gala Family: The Johnson Family
We are excited to announce The Johnson Family as the 2017 Hope Gala family speaker. Get a brief glimpse of Emma’s story below and don't miss your chance to hear The Johnson's story live during the 2017 Hope Gala!
Emma Lindsay Johnson was born on April 20, 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts and loves dancing, soccer, princesses, and fairies. In May 2006, Emma was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and was given a 30% chance of survival. Over the following 15 months, Emma endured chemotherapy, surgeries, a bone marrow transplant, radiation, and immunotherapy. In spite of the immense amount of treatment and difficulty Emma endured over that time, she never let cancer take away who she was. She is Emma the Princess.
Now eight years after her last treatment, Emma is healthy and strong. Her family and friends cherish every day as she lives the life of a normal 12 year old.
2016 Hope Gala Family: The Kemberling's
2016 Hope Gala Leah Still Award for Courage Recipient: Ryan McGarry
2016 Hope Gala Family Speaker: The Kemberling Family
Chase was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma on October 29th, 2013, after an ER trip and what his parents thought was appendicitis. After being admitted to Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, doctors explained that the type of Lymphoma that Chase had was very aggressive and fast growing. Chase started his first round of chemo on November 2nd, 2013 and by January 2nd, 2014 he was receiving his last bag of chemo. After a PET scan on January 16th, the Kemberling family got the call that Chase was in remission.
The 2016 Leah Still Award for Courage Recipient: Ryan McGarry
Ryan McGarry, a Penn State graduate, is a director, producer and writer of film and television. He is also the Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Weill Medical College of Cornell University/New York Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. His first feature film, CODE BLACK, was conceived and directed entirely during his residency at the Los Angeles County Hospital. It inspired the current CBS television drama series of the same name, which he executive produces.
He was selected to receive this honor based on his inspiring story as a stage IV cancer survivor, his pursuit of a medical degree after his diagnosis, his work as an ER doctor, and his explorations of health care humanism in cinema and television.