Emmy Foster and IRSF

$5,425 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 82 people in 62 months

In April 2011 at the age of 2 1/2, Emmy Foster was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, a debilitating, neurological/movement disorder which has robbed her of the ability to talk, use her hands or do any physical activity independently.  A group of Colleen and John's friends have organized a fundraising event in partnership with Revolution Brewery to raise as much money as possible to go toward...

1.  Emmy's medical fund for important therapies, equipment, medications and supplies for Emmy 
2.  The International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF) whose mission is to fund research for treatments and a cure for Rett Syndrome while supporting those affected by the disease. 

Here are three ways you can support our cause...
1.  Join us at Revolution Brewing in Chicago (3340 N. Kedzie) on Sunday, May 18th for "Cased Meats for a Cause"

Revolution Brewing has very generously offered to throw an outdoor party in conjunction with local celebrity chefs and the fine folks at Farm. Butcher. Table.  All proceeds will be donated to Emmy's medical fund and to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation.  This large public event is set for 3-6 pm. It will be a fun filled afternoon with Chicago celebrity chefs and local bands in the large back lot at Revolution Brewing located in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago, IL.  Tickets are $50.00 and will be available for purchase at 


We promise a great afternoon with fantastic beer, food and music!  Emmy will not be joining us due to the size of the event (it may be a little overwhelming for her) but we're looking forward to kicking back with family and friends.

2.  Bid on Items at our Online Auction

Because the event will be large, we have opted to do our auction online.  The auction will be going live on May 5th at 8pm.  We will be sending out a reminder when it goes live and the bidding can begin.  We have collected a lot of great items!  Take a look at what's available and get the details at...


3.  Give a general donation on this site. 

Emmy's Story

We welcomed our daughter Emelia Lou to the world on August 21, 2008.  We brought her home, introduced her to her big sister and began watching her thrive.  We were overjoyed to watch her hit her milestones such as rolling over, sitting up, saying her first words and feeding herself.  And then things began to change.

At about the age of 2 we noticed she wasn't speaking as much.  She tried and tried to get the words out but it was as if she just couldn't get her mouth to cooperate.  She began dropping her toys while her hands seemed to make movements she was unable to control.  Her breathing became very irregular and she was unsteady on her feet.  We took her to a neurologist and described what was happening and on that day, Friday, April 22, 2011 our lives were changed forever.  This was the day we first heard the words Rett Syndrome.

Rett Syndrome is a debilitating, neurological/movement disorder caused by a spontaneous gene mutation every baby girl has an equal chance of acquiring.  It is characterized by a period of typical development followed by regression, including loss of speech, hand use and most gross motor function.  Girls suffer from multiple medical complications such as seizures, scoliosis and severe digestive issues.  Life expectancy is uncertain, but most girls live into adulthood and require around the clock care. 

Our sweet Emelia battles this disease every minute of every day.  And although Rett Syndrome has taken so much, it has not taken the light from her eyes, the smile from her face or her desire to live life to the fullest.

To learn more about Emmy's story check out her family blog

To learn more about all of the outstanding things the International Rett Syndrome Foundation does, check out their site

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The auction is closed, the Revolution Brewery event was yesterday and we have just about reached our goal on this site. All three were huge successes! Thanks to all of the folks that ran the event, came out to the brewery, bid on auction items and gave general donations here. We are blown away by everyone's generosity and we will be forever grateful to those that helped out along the way! We will share our overall fundraising amount soon...the total is looking pretty impressive and we can't wait to get money over to IRSF!!
Much love, John and Colleen Foster (Emmy's parents)
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Just wanted to let everyone know the Online Auction is up and running and ready for bidders! It will be open from May 5th-May 17th at 8 pm. There is really something for everyone! Cubs tickets, professional family photo shoots, beautiful handmade quilts for baby (made by Emmy's grandma!) and so much more. Many thanks to all who've donated...half way to our goal, yippee!
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Wow! Just checked this site and am overwhelmed by the generous support! THANK YOU for taking the time to read Emmy's story and give to her page. Much love and gratitude, Colleen (Emmy's mom)
Photo collage I made for the brewery
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$5,425 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 82 people in 62 months
Created April 11, 2014
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Gary & Cathy cornfield
60 months ago

Gary and I would like to make a donation in the memory of Jennifer Erck who we were very fond of and will miss dearly at Columbia Ridge Estates.

Tom Hager
60 months ago
luanne hampton
60 months ago

We love you Emmy! Sorry we were unable to attend the events! We are pulling for you! Luanne and Ken

Barb Lemme
60 months ago

Sorry I'm late getting this in. Glad it all went so well!

60 months ago
Colin Goodman
60 months ago

You're a great classmate, Emmy!

Shinya and Chantelle Uehara Brewer
60 months ago

we missed the revolution event but our spirits were there.

Nancy Vendley
60 months ago
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