Dozens support the Freeze family in a benefit ride

Published: Jul. 17, 2021 at 8:16 PM CDT
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MOUNT MORRIS, Ill. (WIFR) - A benefit ride takes over Ogle County Saturday for a little girl fighting a big battle against a genetic brain disorder.

12-year-old Emmalyn Freeze was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation when she was just 3-years-old. It’s a disease that forces some of her brain into her spinal cord, blocking the flow of the spinal fluid and triggers severe headaches.

Emmalyn has undergone 43 surgeries. But those procedures add up and the community of Mount Morris understands that. Dozens showed their support at this benefit event Saturday to help the Freeze family pay less out of pocket.

Emmalyn and Stephanie Freeze say, “I think it’s really cool and I’m really thankful for them all. Emmalyn has been through 43 surgeries and we’re heading out because she’s dealing with high-pressure issues. We’re heading out to California to see what we can do with her shunt and see what we need to do to help.”

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