from emily to ellen

emily at lululemon
The above picture is of Emily and Mason, the Denver store manager who wrote this post. Read the inspiring story of Emily on her journey.

I met Emily at the first benefit concert she put together, "Just Let Me Breathe". This was long before I had met lululemon. Emily was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 18 months old. CF is a disease that creates a thick mucus in the body that blocks vital organs, making breathing extremely difficult. There are lots of different treatments, but nothing yet that is a cure.

Even with a terminal genetic illness, Emily has never stopped choosing a positive thought. She created her own nonprofit that raises money for CF as well as gets the word out about the disease.

Exercise isn't typically an option for CF patients but Emily refuses to believe this. She never looked back after her first 1/2 marathon last year. She has also cycled for CF in her City to City ride from Detroit to Chicago. Running and cycling has kept her hospital visits for her "tune ups" down to a minimum.

After a visit to Colorado in August and a visit to our Cherry Creek store I couldn't have been more inspired that she was about to ride across the country to get on the Ellen DeGeneres show where she would let the world know about CF. Her spunky attitude and never-ending smile never lets you say no.

No questions asked, I wanted to help. With the support of our Somerset store in Troy, MI and the team at 900 N. Michigan Ave in Chicago, we got things rolling. They threw her parties to celebrate her goal and helped her with yoga classes before and after her ride from Detroit to Chicago.

lululemon in Chicago

Emily is now riding a vespa and her bike to Denver and then Burbank, CA talking about CF and raising money for the cause. She is also inspiring everyone she comes into contact with. She is breathing deeply and appreciating the moment. Because she knows that living in the moment is the meaning to life!

down the road

Lets support her along the way! Check out her blog at

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Yay! Love Em and Anne Mason! Go team! xo

Comment by Linz — September 30, 2009 @ 7:12 pm

This article saddens me, but also warms my heart. It is a reminder of what I deal with on a daily basis with my very own sweet angel and how strong and determined she is. Emily is an inspiration to all and I wish her all the best with her roadtrip of awareness! I look forward to seeing you on Ellen. You go girl! <3

Comment by Christina — September 30, 2009 @ 7:39 pm

I have tears and a big smile! I lost my best friend Johnny to CF, and this story is so inspiring for I believe what would be the both of us. GO EMILY!!!!

Comment by Whitney Benjamin — September 30, 2009 @ 7:53 pm

The Virginia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation LOVES EMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, lululemon for recognizing how awesome she is. xoxo


Comment by Amy McCracken — October 1, 2009 @ 4:36 am

Yay, Emily! We grew up together, and this incredible sense of positivity has been with her as long as I can remember. You GO girl!! You are amazing!!

Comment by Krista Chambers Maiullo — October 1, 2009 @ 6:13 am

From the mom, THANK YOU lululemon staff across our great country. You all have been awesome!

Comment by Debbie Schaller — October 1, 2009 @ 7:10 am

Being a lululemon employee in Chicago Alison, Justina and I had the pleasure of seeing Emily off on her trip across the country leaving from Grant Park here. When I first saw her the smile on my face wouldn’t come down. She is full of energy and life and there is no doubt in my mind she is going to be doing more amazing events like this for years. GO EMILY!!!

Comment by Marcus — October 1, 2009 @ 10:15 am

Hoeing you trip goes well. ill be watching Ellen everyday to make sure your are on it, you’re not on it yet, so gET CRACKIN!

Comment by Ali — October 1, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

From Emily’s dad, thank you so much for your support of her cause. I am delighted that I can be part of her trip across the country. The party at your store in Denver was awesome. Looking forward to meeting the gang in Vegas!

Comment by Lowell Schaller — October 2, 2009 @ 6:39 am

EMILY – your story is incredible! You are a little superstar for all the right reasons. I have been contemplating training for a half this year, and I definitely have no excuses now! I’ll be sure to post pictues from the big day. Hope to see you live on Tuesday!

Comment by Elissa Joy — October 2, 2009 @ 3:03 pm

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