To the Editor:

(Brookfield, NY – March 2012) When major events happen in someone’s life, be they good or bad, it has the effect of producing changes in their lives that may last a day or may last a lifetime; when our daughter Emily was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor and our worst nightmare became real, our lives changed forever.

The impact of such a discovery sends a family into a tailspin of what may happen, how to manage a complex situation you have very little knowledge of, how to embark on a crash-course of treatment options and how to deal with the emotions and fears that make the whole thing seem surrealistic.

When faced with these types of situations, it is comforting to know that you do not have to face them alone. The outpouring of support from our local community has truly been astounding, be it from the town of Brookfield, Community Memorial Hospital or the County where I have the privilege of serving on the Board of Supervisors; people have reached out with prayers, words of support, generous donations and positive thoughts that have helped our family cope with such a challenging time.

Erin, myself, our son Aleksandr, and certainly Emmy, feels this coming from so many of those who have reached out to help and who truly care.

We would like to thank all who have worked so hard to assist us in our time of need. In Brookfield, the First Baptist Church held a spaghetti dinner that was packed for four hours straight; our friends at Community Memorial Hospital held a bake sale that seemed to break all the records for participation, and staff at the county, in particular Lynne Jones and Ann Jones, and although I know he wants no recognition, Lew Carinci, supervisor from Oneida, were instrumental in pulling together a benefit at Morrisville State College in a very short amount of time.

Also, I sincerely thank Martha Conway of the Courier for her help in collecting donations and being able to give me a conduit for information to the county. There are so many to thank, and we so much appreciate all your help. It will give us strength in the upcoming months while Emmy undergoes treatment and the hope that all this will make us stronger.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and God bless you all.

The Family of Emily Salka, Brookfield

By martha

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