Bandera teen battling lymphoma helps others

Emma DeGoes, thousands more, receive help from Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Author: Jennifer Dodd , Reporter, jdodd@ksat.com
Published On: Sep 28 2012 09:27:58 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 28 2012 10:00:00 PM CDT
BANDERA, Texas -

When 14-year-old Emma DeGoes went from being full of energy to frail, she knew something was wrong.

It turned out, she was right.

In February, DeGoes was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"I was like, 'No, this can't be happening to me. This is not right,'" DeGoes said.

She began treatment and after five rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, she's doing better but not quite in remission.

According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Emma is just one of more than 150,000 people living with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society helps fund research to help find a cure but they also do much more, such as provide wigs to young people.

DeGoes explained why it was a gift that meant so much.

"People ask me if it's my real hair. That makes me feel better. Like, 'OK, good, it's fooling people,'" DeGoes said.

DeGoes said she knows just how lucky she is so now she's hoping to help the organization that helped her.

"I want to help other families that are just diagnosed and they don't know what to do or what to think. I just want to tell them how my experience has been," DeGoes said.

If you'd like to help raise money for people like Emma battling leukemia or lymphoma, you can join thousands more for the "Light the Night Walk."

The event takes place Oct. 20 at HemisFair Park. Check-in begins at 5:30 pm.