Brave like Emmeline Holland


We are Billy Holland and Lanlih Keane, proud parents to the bravest little girl Emmeline. We are trying to raise money for very sick children in Ireland and the facilities that are required to support them and their families. We will split all proceeds between:
-Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin
-Cork University Hospital (Children's wards)
-Ronald McDonald House

Emmeline was welcomed into the world on 19th November 2018 and our lives were filled with so much joy. She was diagnosed with a heart defect and later transferred to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin when other health issues started to emerge. Emmeline was only three weeks old when we were given the devastating news that she would live a short life. We asked to bring Emmeline to Cork to live out her remaining days at home.

Our world shattered and it was hard to know what to say or do. We decided that we needed to be brave like Emmeline. This was not about us as parents, this was about Emmeline and Emmeline’s life. We wanted to live each day to the fullest, Emmeline deserved it. It was not easy and at times the devastation was overwhelming. But we received so much support. The teams in the two hospitals that expertly managed her care, didn’t just care for Emmeline, they cared for us as a family of 3. They saw us go through the darkest of days, days that no family of a newborn should be faced with.

We took every opportunity to have a normal family life, even when we were living in hospital. Emmeline loved to be cuddled, tickled and kissed. She gave us so many smiles and laughs. Some days we would forget that Emmeline was very sick, they had to be talking about someone else because this little girl was so full of life! But her health started to deteriorate quickly in May 2019, and she passed away peacefully on the 18th May 2019, just one day shy of 6 months old. Our hearts are broken and can never be fully healed.

We never knew the community of support required for families of very sick children. We want to help other children like Emmeline. We want to be brave like Emmeline and raise €100,000 to be split between the 2 hospitals and fund a room in the new Ronald McDonald house so that families, like ours, can benefit from the facilities we did.



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Billy Holland 
Cork, Ireland
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