About Emily

Emily Elizabeth BargerOn January 23 of 2007 our 6 year old daughter, Emily, was diagnosed with a malignant tumor called Rhabdomyosarcoma. It was in her left kidney and attached to her pancreas, diaphragm and spleen. The surgeons were able to remove all visible pieces but the tumor did break open during that process and there was some spillage in her body cavity.

After she was well enough, Emily started 42 weeks of chemo and thrown in the middle were 4 weeks of radiation. On November 12 of 2007 we thought that Emily had her last chemo treatment. Then, on May 3 of 2008 we had to rush Emily back to the hospital because of breathing problems. We were told that the tumor was back and that it had collapsed her left lung.

After several rounds of chemo and radiation the tumor continued to grow so our only option was surgery. Unfortunately, the surgery was more than her little body could handle, especially since the tumor was the size of a football. Emily never woke up from her surgery and died one week later on June 24, 2008.




There are no words for the pain that you feel after losing a child. There will always be an emptiness in our lives. Now we are making our family's mission to make sure Emily's death is not in vain and that one day hopefully in our lifetime we will see a cure for the cancer that took our sweet little girl from us way too soon.

More information will be posted on this site soon. Please check back frequently for updates. Thank you for your care and concern. Your support of this research means a great deal to many families.

East Tennessee Foundation


To donate by check, mail to:

The Butterfly Fund of East Tennessee Foundation
P.O. Box 31434
Knoxville, TN  37930
Make the check payable to East Tennessee Foundation and write "The Butterfly Fund" in the memo.




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