NIXA, MO (10/06/17) - Emma was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer at just 2-years-old. After staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis Emma’s daddy, and biggest supporter, started collecting aluminum tabs.
“She has no idea the extreme support we’ve had from the community and school," says Emma's father Shane Ribbing.
The tabs are recycled, with the funds going to the Ronald McDonald house in Memphis.
“Now, we’re at the point of what can we do to give back and pay it forward," says Ribbing."
As a school officer for the junior high in Nixa, Ribbing got the students involved in collecting tabs and pounds of the tiny recyclable aluminum came rolling in.
Getting the junior high students to pull together, in support of childhood cancer, hasn’t been that difficult. In fact, they’re pretty excited to follow Emma’s journey, says Ribbing. So the best way they can help out is with buckets that are in their cafeteria and put all the tabs they want in it throughout the day.
The Ribbing family has made three trips to Memphis with 45 pounds full of buckets of soda can tabs. And Emma is right there in the middle of it, helping out.
Ribbing says, "It’s kind of cool to have Emma help with that because than she gets to see that she’s helping the next kid.”
Described as a fighter, Emma’s parents have started a Facebook page, called Prayers for Emma Grace - Emma G, to share their daughters journey with others that are affected by cancer.
“Watching your daughter’s page and her smiles, her laughs, her giggles, it’s touching," says Ribbing. Emma has now been a year without chemo and continues to help raise awareness for childhood cancer.
Ribbing says the next trip to the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis will be November 2nd.
So, if you’d like to donate tabs, Ribbing is asking that instead of disrupting school hours you can email Ryan Keating at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off tabs at the Nixa Spine and Rehab at 106 W Sherman Way #1.