ROCKWALL – Little six-year-old Emma Goree of Rockwall has always been a go-getter, participating in swim, gymnastics, dance, etc. But now that’s all had to come to a halt.
When she was three, she began having 3-4 second long epileptic seizures every few months, which have now increased to sometimes 25-30 times per day, up to 30 seconds long.
The Gorees have been all over the country going from doctor to doctor, specialist to neurosurgeon, in search for answers. They’ve worked with some of the best doctors in the country and tried numerous medications – only to find the end result the same. None have worked, and Emma has progressively become worse. The seizures have become uncontrollable.
The Gorees and Emma’s team of doctors recently came to the conclusion that the next step, the only step left, is to have major brain surgery in an attempt to stop the seizures. This particular surgery calls for the removal of Emma’s entire right frontal lobe. There is no guarantee that the seizures will stop after the surgery, and, most importantly, no guarantee that Emma will be the same.
The Gorees have piled up tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills which no one is ever prepared to pay.
Last week staff, parents and students at The Fulton School in Heath surprised the Gorees with a check for $12,800 to help them with medical expenses. It was a very emotional moment when they presented the check to them at their doorstep, said Assistant Head of School and Athletic Director Johnathan Bryant, who has been a good friend of Emma’s father for years. It was Bryant’s idea to try to raise the funds for his good friends, and he wrote a letter to Fulton School staff and parents asking for donations.
“The Gorees are in Houston this week where surgery is being performed at Texas Children’s Hospital,” he said.
“This is one of those life lessons that I feel all of our students will benefit from,” he continued. “They will never forget how emotional and humbling the expression on a grown man’s face was when we gave him the gift. You cannot teach these lessons in a class, and there is no text book that can simulate this life experience that many of you have been a part of.”
“The Fulton School has a motto that states, “Do What’s Best For The Child.” Although Emma does not attend Fulton, she is a super sweet child, and I can’t think of a better way to show that our school cares not only about our kids but about all kids that live in our community.”
For more info about Emma, see her website at www.caringbridge,org/visit/emmagoree.
To donate or contact Coach Bryant, call 214-434-8871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fulton School is an independent, coeducational college- preparatory school founded in 1987 on a 16-acre campus in Heath at 1626 Smirl Dr. at SH 740. It was named after longtime educator Dr. Bernard L. Fulton. Students range in age from preschool (ages 3-5) through 12th grade.
According to Bryant, Fulton has a strong focus on academics. The school has a 100 percent graduation rate, 100 percent college acceptance rate and 90 percent AP pass rate. Fulton students consistently test 2 to 3 grade levels above the national standard on the Stanford Achievement Test, score in the top 25 percent of Texas students on the PSATs, and score in the top 25% in the U.S. on the SATs.
Over the last three years Fulton seniors have been awarded over $8 million in scholarships by colleges and universities across the country – including Baylor, Cal Poly Tech, Colgate, Columbia, Kansas State, Mississippi, Rice, SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UT-Austin, UT-Arlington, UT-Dallas, UNT and Utah.