Emily Yott was diagnosed with leukemia shortly after her first birthday. After 14 months of intense treatment that included a stem cell transplant at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Emily lost her battle with this horrible disease in May of 2007.

Emily’s parents, Jim and Stephanie Yott, wanted to memorialize their daughter in a special way by allowing her brief life to have far-reaching impact on other children facing life-threatening diseases. The Yott family created a charitable foundation in her memory and also an endowment with Legacy Fund of Hamilton County.

Through The Emily Yott Foundation and the endowment with Legacy Fund, the focus will be to give to the children and their families that are forced to travel the journey of childhood cancer. Also, the foundation will support organizations whose focus is on helping families in this situation. Some of those organizations include Indiana Canine Assistant Network, Riley Hospital for Children, A Special Wish Foundation and Peyton Manning’s Children’s Hospital. Our wish is to ease some of the hardships related to childhood cancer.

“Emily was a very special little girl who won the hearts of all who met her,” said her father Jim. “She inspired adults and taught us how to live life to the fullest as only a child can, even in the face of disease.” Added her mother Stephanie, “She always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. We love her and miss her every day.”

The Emily Yott Foundation has grown to more than $44,000 since its creation in 2007. To add to the fund, the Yott’s have organized fund-raising events, including a dance, silent auction and raffle and most recently Olivia’s Lemonade Stand. Olivia is Emily’s seven year old sister who has since caught the “fundraising bug”

“Emily’s life ignited a spark of giving that overwhelmed and humbled our family,” said Jim. “That spark is now a flame that will burn in our hearts forever. We intend to ‘Pay it Forward’”.