Emmy's Wish gifts trip to local family that battled cancer

JANESVILLE, WISC. (WIFR) -- Cancer knows no age. It can impact anyone, even the youngest of babies. Emmy Olson was one of those children.

Emmy's Wish

Emmy was 10 months old when she was diagnosed with Germ Cell cancer. She lost her battle in February, but her legacy lives on.

Emmy's Wish is a non-profit organization created by her parents. When they received the grim news of their daughter's diagnosis, they called Make-A-Wish to create one more, lasting memory for their family.

Emmy did not qualify. In order to have a wish from that foundation, a child must be at least 2 1/2 years old. The Janesville community came together to send the family to the Kalahari at the Wisconsin Dells.

"We cherished every single memory that we had on our little trip," recalls Tracie Olson, Emmy's mother. Her and her husband created Emmy's Wish to gift trips to other families with children who have cancer, but are too young to receive a wish.

The Lamb family from Machesney Park received that gift Sunday. "I know first hand that it's going to be incredible," says Olson. "And I cannot wait to see the memories that they make."

"Tanner was 13 months old when he was diagnosed with high stage Neuroblastoma," explains Tanner Lamb's mother Kori Lamb. Tanner is 8 years old now, and in remission.

Tanner was treated by Emmy's doctors at UW Madison. He was also too young to get a wish, and now they say he's too far out of treatment to qualify.

"We told them that we had a surprise for them," says Olson. "They showed up today, and we were able to tell them that we're sending their family to Disneyworld."

GSM Transportation hosted the 5k Color Run in Janesville at Palmer Park, and partnered with Emmy's Wish for the event.

"I feel happy for him, and for all of us," says Tanner's older brother Gavin Lamb, who says he is excited to ride the rollercoasters at Disney World. His mother says she used to talk with Tanner about going on a trip, but when she found out he didn't qualify she had to stop.

Even though Tanner is in remission and has no evidence of the disease, his family still says they are trying to catch up on lost time together.

"For us to have an experience where we can just be together, and experience some joy and happiness, that is just worth more than anything," says Lamb.