Emily needs financial support for treatment
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In January 2011, after a routine check-up and blood work,
Emily Leyland, at the age of 28 was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, commonly referred to as AML. Many patients with AML often require a bone marrow (stem cell) transplant to help battle ...
In January 2011, after a routine check-up and blood work,
Emily Leyland, at the age of 28 was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, commonly referred to as AML. Many patients with AML often require a bone marrow (stem cell) transplant to help battle this blood cancer. After many rounds of chemotherapy treatment and one failed stem cell transplant, Emily received her second stem cell transplant in August of 2012 and is currently a patient at UPMC Shadyside in Pittsburgh.

Emily resides in Meridian with her boyfriend, Josh Greynolds. She is the
daughter of Hank and Terry Leyland and older sister to three brothers,
Trevor (Christy/Isla/Willem), Calvin (Kearsten/Braylon) and Levi. Hank is a UAW member and 28-year employee of Armco/AK Steel, Butler Works. Terry is the current Recording Secretary for Chapter 10 of Dance Masters of Pennsylvania where she has been a member since 1990. Terry began dancing at the age of 3 with Lee Garrard at Lee's School of Dance (Butler, PA). She danced and competed thru high school for Lee under the DMP umbrella before she became certified to teach. Terry was a 32 year faculty member for Lee’s School of Dance.

Emily attended her first DMP convention in April 1982, a week prior to her birth. Emily was so moved by the music she put her mom into contractions and Terry had to leave the convention early. Emily officially began dance lessons in 1984 at the age of 2 ½ with Lee Garrard, owner of Lee’s School of Dance. Emily was a well-rounded dancer as she progressed thru the disciplines of tap, ballet, jazz, gymnastics, cecchetti and baton. As a DMP student, Emily attended many workshops, conventions and competitions. She competed on winning groups at DMP Performing Arts Competitions at Seven Springs and at DMA Nationals in New York City and other local competitions. The high point of Emily’s dance career would be competing for and winning the DMP Barth/Acro Scholarship. After graduation, Emily returned to Lee’s School of Dance for a couple of years as a teacher where she taught competition groups.

Emily attended grade school at Butler Catholic prior to attending
Butler Area High School, from which she graduated in 2000. Following
high school, Emily attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for interior
design. She has worked for at W. Rick's Taproom & Grille and for Cabinet World Design Center in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.
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