Emma Loves Dogs
Emma Mertens is an 8 year old girl from Hartland, WI, who is battling a DIPG
Brain Tumor. Emma has a passion for animals, especially dogs, and today
August 30th is her birthday. In the past, she has asked for donations to local
animal shelters instead of receiving birthday gifts. “This year we are taking
Emma’s generosity and passion for animals to a whole new level” said her
parents Geoff and Tammy Mertens.
Today, Emma’s parents announce the launch of the Emma Loves Dogs
Foundation. The mission of Emma Loves Dogs is to provide financial assistance
to organizations that share Emma’s passion for helping animals, such as police
K9 units and non-kill animal shelters. Application process to receive funding will
be released in the coming weeks.
Our goal for Emma Loves Dogs is to raise $500,000 to fulfill Emma's wishes, so
she can provide a lasting impact for years to come.
Please visit us at www.EmmaLovesDogs.org to learn more and donate today.
Use the hashtag #EmmaLovesDogs on social media.
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) is a type of tumor that starts in the brain
stem, the part of the brain just above the back of the neck and connected to the
spine. The brain stem controls breathing, heart rate and the nerves and muscles
that help us see, hear, walk, talk and eat. Unfortunately, the survival rate for
DIPG remains very low. At this time there is no cure for this tumor. Emma was
diagnosed in early 2019 and has fought to live her life to the fullest everyday. To
read more about her story, click here.
Below are two recent awards that Emma has received:
Emma was made an honorary member of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Canine Handlers Association
Emma received the Youth Community Kindness Award from HAWS for her contribution to the Humane Society.
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