With the first painting we posted to Facebook, Emma gained the support of so many. That support spread very quickly and soon Emma was featured in a full page article in Long Island Newsday on Sunday January 8, 2017. That very day, Emma's Christmas wish came true. On Tuesday January 10, 2017 Newsday published a follow up story telling everyone the wonderful news, Emma now had the money to purchase her Diabetic Alert Dog. And what she told the reporter, inspired us to start Emma's Journey.
Channel 7 Eyewitness News heard about Emma's story and she was featured on the 6:00 news.
In September of 2017, Emma's Journey officially became a registered 501(c)3 non-profit.
In November Fox 5 stopped by to visit Emma and see what fundraising events were on the horizon. Not only did this story air in NY, Emma's Journey made it all the way to L.A., Philadelphia, Chicago & Dallas/Fort Worth to name a few.
On April 27, 2018 Emma's wait was finally over. The diabetic alert dog she'd worked so hard for was finally coming home. Rufus arrived and Newsday was there to capture all of the incredible moments. Thank you Daysi Calavia-Robertson and Tom Ferrara for preserving those special moments and being a part of this incredible Journey.
Please check out this amazing article and the video that goes with it.
Local officials also took notice of Emma's hard work.
On April 24, 2017 Emma was invited to the Nassau County Legislature where
Rose Marie Walker and James Kennedy presented her with a Citation recognizing her
Character, Kindness and Generosity at such a young age.
Councilman Eugene Cook had also taken notice of Emma's story early on. He sent Emma a beautiful letter which spoke of his dog and said he would love to purchase one of her paintings. Emma was inspired to paint her "yellow pup". Timing couldn't have been more incredible, just as she was nearing the end of this painting she received a call that she had been matched with a dog, Journey. The resemblance was uncanny. On August 15, 2017 Emma was invited to attend the Huntington Town Board Meeting where she presented Councilman Cook with the "Yellow Pup" painting, which now hangs in the Town Clerks office for all to see. Councilman Cook also presented Emma with a Proclamation acknowledging her as a humanitarian, future leader and example to be followed.