Emily Yish was born November 9, 1994 to Tracy and Dave. As the first child, as well as the first grandchild for the family, she immediately held a special place in everyone’s hearts. Growing up, Emily did the things that all little girls do: danced, played basketball, played softball. She became a big sister to John. She also began watching hockey games with her dad, and hockey became very important to her as she grew to truly love the game.
Everything was going as it normally should until one morning early in 2006. A minor illness took a turn for the worse and Emily starting seizing. What followed was a medically induced coma, long hospital stay followed by rehabilitation. Quite a bit for an 11 year old and her family to handle but Emily prevailed. Unfortunately, this was just the beginning of a life of seizures, medical testing, hospitalizations, and medication changes.
Emily was determined not to let her medical condition get her down. She went on to Oxford High School where she was determined to finish and go onto college to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy. She found American International College (AIC), whose small campus suited her shy, but strong personality. AIC not only had a PT program, but it also had a strong hockey team and booster club for Emily to be involved in.
After a year and a half of college, plagued by continuing seizures, Emily made the hard decision to take a medical leave and come back home for brain surgery. The surgery to remove the damaged portion of her brain had its risk, but it also offered her the only hope of a seizure free life.
She survived the surgery and was on her way to getting her life back. On April 7th, she called her aunt to get some help on how to best prepare her to go back to school to continue to pursue her PT degree. On April 8th, she was honored by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Booster Club with the Captain Courageous Award. After the banquet, she went home, watched her UCONN girls basketball team win the NCAA tournament and went to bed happy. Unfortunately, her mother found her unresponsive the next morning and Emily never woke up.
She left behind her parents, brother, grandparents, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who are still grieving the loss of such a wonderful, caring young woman. We are determined to carry on her fight against epilepsy so we have formed Team Emily in her memory.
|Donated to||Donor Name||Donation Notes||Amount|
|Team||Courtney DeMatteo||Go team Emily! Colorado has your back!||$100.00|
|Team||Kelly Healey||All our love from Colorado!||$115.00|
|Team||Jeanette V||Will be thinking of Emily and your family, sorry I can't be there this year!||$25.00|
|Team||Lysa Frazier||Go Team Emily!||$25.00|
|Team||Sue Michaud||GO Team Emily!!||Undisclosed|
|Team||Gramma & Pop-Pop||xoxoxox||$100.00|
|Team||Bridgeport Sound Tiger Booster||$600.00|
|Team||The Gamauf family||Go Team Emily!||$25.00|
|Team||Emily Yish Memorial Fund||$750.00|
|Team||Juli Soracin||Thinking of you always Emily.||$10.00|
|Team||Catherine Stordy||I can't make the walk, I'll be away that weekend. Have fun!||$25.00|
|Name||Walk, Run, or Ride||Donations Received|
|Blood, Karen (4)||Run||$0.00|
|Blood, Marcia (3)||Walk||$0.00|
|Dorazio, Mindy (3)||Walk||$0.00|
|Williams , Beth||Walk||$0.00|
|Yish, Tracy (3)||Walk||$0.00|