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Kids Who Inspire Series: Emma Faith Clark

If you are really lucky, you get a chance to either inspire someone else or to be inspired. Emma Faith Clark was one of those rare kids who inspired everyone with her smile, her non-rhyming poems, and her courage. Even though I never met this amazing young girl, I loved her. Her mother was gracious enough to share Emma's journey with me during Emma's fight against cancer. This is Emma's story as told by her mother, fellow children's author, Katie Clark.

“I sing, you sing. Singing makes you feel better. It makes you happy to sing.”

When Emma was three years old she was diagnosed with a disease called cancer. Most people have heard of cancer. Even kids. Emma’s cancer wasn’t all over her body. It was in just a few places, called her lymph nodes. Everyone has lymph nodes, which are glands in the body that help fight off sickness. But her lymph nodes were not strong enough to fight off cancer.
It took almost three years of treatment with chemotherapy to get rid of all the can…

Kids Who Inspire Series

Have you ever been inspired by someone to go beyond what you believe are your limitations, or to make the best of a bad situation? I have, and I bet you have too. This month I want you to meet three kids who not only inspire me, but move me to be more creative. Their example makes me feel that if they can do it, so can I. 

Meet AnimalGirl
AnimalGirl, who prefers not to share her picture, is my amazing grand daughter.  AG is an 11 year-old who has gone through a tragedy that I hope none of you ever have to face. Her mother, my daughter, died when she was nine years-old. The loss has been rough, and at times overwhelming. "I really miss my Mom," she says. "But I want her to be proud of me." So, while AG's loss has changed her life forever, she decided to do something with her grief. She turned it into a desire to help save her beloved animals before they slip into extinction. AG loves animals, and that love has taken her from raising butterflies to protesting th…