The community will help fund special training for a Waco cancer survivor’s dog


WACO, Texas (KWTX) – A young girl in dire need of relief from constant seizures resulting from her cancer treatments will soon have a highly trained seizure alert dog.

Nearly $20,000 was raised by the community in just days to support Emma Beth Greenawalt, 7, who beat cancer after being diagnosed at the age of two.

However, the girl is now suffering from seizures as a result of the surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Emma Beth’s dog, Miracle, a German shepherd, is now ready to begin the three-year training program in El Paso, Texas, starting March 6th.

The training will help Miracle spot seizures before they occur, reduce the length of seizures, prepare Emma Beth for a fall, and comfort the young girl.

“Mike and I want to thank each and every one of our beloved community,” said Emma Beth’s mother, Missie.

Emma Beth and her dog Miracle(Photos courtesy)

“Thank you for all the donations to Emma Beth and Miracle. They’re going to help tremendously, especially with Emma’s health, and they’re also going to take a lot of the anxiety out of this mama.”

Friends and family weren’t sure they could raise the money, but only a week later KWTX shared their effortsthe goal has been reached.

Training for Miracle is a miracle for the family who has been through so much.

The first-grader at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Waco was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor at the age of two.

Emma Beth underwent initial surgery in May 2016 to remove the tumor, followed by chemotherapy in June and the start of 30 rounds of radiation in November.

She was declared cancer-free, but the brain surgery and resulting scar tissue left Emma Beth suffering from absence seizures that are accompanied by short, sudden lapses in consciousness.

Emma Beth recently underwent tests that revealed she had more than 300 of these seizures in just 48 hours.

Casey Turner, whose children attend St. Paul’s with Emma Beth, helped organize the effort.

She says many gave to you Fundraiser on GiveSendGoa Christian crowdfunding website while others bought Super Bowl seats.

But her greatest gift was a shock to everyone.

Mary and Ken Sorley of Marineland Boating Center in Waco announced they would match $7,000 if that amount was raised — and they did!

“I almost passed out. It was so generous!” Turner said of the moment she learned of the generous donation.

Turner said they continue to raise money for various expenses.

Next week, Beloved boutique will donate a percentage of its Tuesday through Thursday sales to Miracle.

T-shirts showing a dog with the verse from John 5:9 about miracles will soon be available to buy online. HF Custom Solutions in Waco is leading this effort.

An online auction is also in the works.

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