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Young and full
of dreams to away to college and play softball, Emily Hepker's life changed
when she was 18 and a senior in high school.
12, 2007, that's when they found out that 10 of the 12 biopsies they had taken were
malignant," Emily said. "It's Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma of the duodenum."
Emily six months to live. Six years later, Emily admits she is living on
borrowed time. Since March of this year, there have been more bad days than
good, but her motto, "Fight cancer with a smile," keeps her going.
team also keeps her going. Her number one fan is her mom Jessie, and they'll
all stop at nothing to lift Emily's spirits and try to get the attention of
someone who has helped get Emily through the last six years: Ellen DeGeneres.
to smile, and laughter is the best medicine, and she's hysterical," Emily said.
"So mom and I watch her. We'll watch her every day we had chemo. We had chemos
every day for months and every day it would be right back on to Ellen."
Her support team
won't stop until she meets Ellen, and neither will Emily.
"I have a lot of want," she said. "I
have a lot of things I want to do in my life."