The Fundraising Page of Emma Willis
A Message From Emma Willis
Meet Emma and Poppy! Emma has been blessed to attend the Little Light House for the past 3 years and as we enter into our 4th year God's blessings are bursting at the seems here at LLH! We've been able to add 2 new classrooms and are now serving over 100 special needs children each year! Thanks to LLH Emma became best friends with an outstanding little girl, Poppy, who has an insatiable personality and an amazing family! Poppy and ALL the kids that receive services here at LLH do so completely tuition-free, which is unbelievable when our operating costs are 3 million dollars a year and only 11% of that goes toward paying the staff! That's why we need people like you to make it possible to keep giving these kids therapy, love, lessons on God's word and a place where they belong!
Thank you for taking the time to learn a small snippet of what's happening here in Tulsa and don't forget to donate so that God's blessing can continue to be poured out!
If you'd like to learn about Emma's best friend Poppy then please continue reading...
We'd like to take a few minutes to tell you about our friend Poppy.
The life one Green Country two-year-old leads is setting an example for all of us to overcome the odds, and focus on what it means to live with purpose.
“Her last name is Cox, so her name is Poppy Cox,” Jordan Cox, Poppy’s mom said.
A name packed with meaning to redefine a heartbreaking diagnosis, Spina Bifida.
“It just felt like all of our joy was being stolen,” Jordan Cox said. “That our lives were not going to look like what we thought they were.”
After having two perfectly healthy children, the Cox family was torn to hear their third child had a defect of the spine, and would likely have paralysis in her legs.
“At 24 weeks gestation, Poppy’s hiney was born and came into the world for about 27 minutes,” explained Poppy’s mother.
This was just enough time for doctors to close an opening in Poppy’s back, and place her back inside her mother’s stomach. But with a name like Poppy Cox, there’s no such thing as limits.
“So poppycock means nonsense, and so we kind of thought her life would say poppycock to all that!”
Poppy’s parents say her disability doesn't steal joy, it shares it.
“What her life looks like is still an unknown, she’s still teaching us,” Matthew Cox, Poppy’s father said.
A daddy’s girl, showing him the ropes when it comes to reading and playing house. Poppy is driven to be all she can be. Her strength and wisdom, impressive for a two-year-old, but what is even more outstanding, her faith in God.
"Do not be afraid for the Lord your God is with you,” Poppy said.
The toddler, proclaims the bible verse with passion. Posting her proclamations to social media sites, Poppy shares motivation for everyone. Her understanding of the verse at such a young age is something her family said makes her so special. Her heart is pure.
The Cox family credits Poppy’s success to not only God, but the Little Light House in Tulsa, which educates children with disabilities.
Poppy’s family has hopes for her future thanks to the many wonderful people that surround her each day.
“I just hope for her as she grows up that she just has really great friends that love her,” Jordan Cox said.
But for Poppy, this is already a reality, as each day she is surrounded by loving classmates, each unique in their own special way. Her spunk and outlook on life are certainly a lesson for us all.
“Learning to be perfectly satisfied with who you are and who God made you to be,” Jordan Cox said.
Poppy continuously teaches those around her life's most pure lesson, and that is to not be afraid, and always try again.
Copy and paste the following link to view Poppy's story, https://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/green-country-toddler-with-spina-bifida-teaching-valuable-lessons-through-faith.
Don't forget to donate today to support Poppy in her journey here at Little Light House and the hundreds of kid that will follow in her footsteps!