Emilio: May 2020

Meet Emilio, His Smile Will Melt Your Heart!

Let me introduce you to a two-year-old boy with a smile that will melt your heart…and there is no doubt, his irrepressible spirit in the midst of difficult times, will inspire you.
Born with Down syndrome and serious accompanying complications, Emilio has spent much of his young life in and out of the hospital. Despite a recent pre-leukemia diagnosis on top of other health challenges, this cheerful little boy is a ray of sunshine to everyone he meets.
Children born with Down syndrome (trisomy 21) like Emilio, have a 10 to 20-fold higher risk of developing leukemia, but the extra chromosome actually makes treatment more effective. And, Emilio has something else extra that will help him with treatment: his extra-resilient spirit.
You may wonder where Emilio gets his resilience. It turns out, he comes from a courageous, hard-working family. Emilio’s mom is his full-time caregiver and spends free moments earning her college degree. Emilio’s dad works during the week and cares for Emilio and his brother, Aiden, on the weekends so Mom can finish her schoolwork. Aiden is nine years old and treasures any moment he can spend next to Emilio in the hospital.
But even for the strongest among us, caring for a medically fragile child, like Emilio, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, brings unprecedented challenges. Families like Emilio’s need someone they can rely on.

Beginning Chemo, Side by Side

As Emilio begins chemotherapy, his Jacob’s Heart family will be there to cheer him on every step of the way. Whatever needs Emilio and his family may have, with you by our side, Jacob’s Heart will remain by their side.