Community ‘lighting it up’ for 12-year-old battling cancer on South Side

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CHICAGO -- Emily Beazley is a 12-year-old girl from Chicago's South Side who is battling cancer.

She was diagnosed with Stage III T-Cell Lymphoblastic Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2011.

After 2.5 years of chemotherapy and finishing treatment in July of 2013, Emily relapsed and had to start it again in March of 2014.

One cancerous lymph node became chemo resistant, so she began radiation in July of 2014 and the cancer responded perfectly to it.

Emily had a stem cell transplant in August of 2014, her sister being a perfect match.

In January of 2015, during a routine PET scan, three new spots were discovered.

After receiving the terrible news, Emily went on her dream vacation to Disney World with her family.

Since then, she has undergone further treatment. But as of recently, two new spots were found and the already existing have increased in size.

Doctors have discontinued chemo treatments and Emily is now in hospice care.

WGN's Robin Baumgarten said she had never received as many emails, phone calls and social media messages as she has about Emily.

The Facebook page 'Light It Up for Emily' is encouraging people to install green and/or purple light bulbs in support of Emily's battle against cancer.



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