Emily M Lyman Foundation
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MISSION STATEMENT:
To provide financial support to Vermont and New York  families enduring pediatric cancer.
To promote the implementation of creative writing in schools.
    
  1. Managing Director
Supporting the Young Writer's Project:
Thanks to the many people who've responded so far to the  Young Writers Project, Inc. financial appeal to reach $50,000 in new and increased donations for a potential equal match by a Boston foundation. We're almost there -- though support beyond that is needed and appreciated. A big thank you today to the  Emily M Lyman Foundation and Monica Bradley-Lyman for their donation and kind words. As you'll see why below, we so appreciated Emily's voice and know this is a tough time of year for her family. Here is the very first submission from Emily, way back in the fall of 2006:
 
Hair
By Emily Lyman 
Mater Christi School, Grade 2 
When I was born, like most babies, I was bald. My hair grew as I turned one and two. Then when I was almost three, I got Leukemia. Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects your blood cells. I went on medication that would help me, but chemotherapy made my hair fall out. It got shorter and shorter until I was bald. My parents and friends bought me lots of bandanas, wigs, and hats but I didn’t wear any of them. I was only three. I didn’t care if any one saw my bald head. I went to preschool bald and pretty much everywhere bald. Soon my hair grew so it was short and later it grew into thick red curls. 
I went through one more year of preschool, and then in kindergarten I had a relapse. A relapse is when you have cancer again after the first time. When I had a relapse, my hair fell out again and once again my parents and friends bought me lots of bandanas, hats, and wigs. Since it was winter, I chose a purple winter hat. I even wore it inside, but then spring came and my head got hot. My friend bought me a blue hat with clouds and a brim. I chose that gift to be my next hat. I wore it through the rest of kindergarten and all through first grade. 
Now in second grade, I still wear that hat. My story of hair is different from others but I act like a regular kid. My body looks no different from any other kid’s body, and I will always be myself. No matter where I go, I will always be me.
 
Visiting author Tanya Lee Stone:
The Emily M Lyman Foundation paid for Tanya to spend the day at Mater Christi School, in Burlington, VT, where she talked with the middle school students about the writing process and how she researched her subjects. She then taught three writer's workshops throughout the afternoon.The students followed up on subsequent days to finish their creative writing pieces.
 
 
Enlighten
Enliven
Emily
The Emily M Lyman Foundation hopes to gives both intellectual and spiritual light, through writing workshops, author's visits, and Emily's many wonderful  writing pieces.
The Emily M Lyman Foundation strives to make the lives of families coping with pediatric cancer more cheerful and bright through monetary contributions.
Emily enlightend our world with her intellectual curiosity and her positive outlook on life. She had an impact on everyone she met. Her determination and insight were contagious. We continue to learn from her.