Luke, or Oakey as Emily nick-named him when they were younger, has made it his mission to advocate for his big sister since the day he spoke his first words. At the age of 19, Luke has already spoken before congress, and has met personally with several senators and politicians. Luke was honored by the Angles Care 65 roses Golf classic for his dedication to supporting the hunt for a cure, and has received several other awards for his work. Oakey is an amazing brother and friend, and he continues to advocate for the CF foundation as well as various other charities. He is headed off to college in the fall. For more information on Oakey's work for the CF foundation's advocacy group click on this link
Marki, our graphics maestro, has designed no less than 9 cupcake invites, 12 logos, 3 web page graphics and anything the EA crew has asked of her. She has lent technical computer support and graphic expertise to the group since she was 13 years old. As a child and throughout her teen years she held many a bake sale and lemonade and roses stands in support of Emily's Army. As an athlete she won an ironman with Emily's Army emblazoned on her back.
Cade is the money man. Since the ripe age of 5 he has gathered money from near and far and stuffed it into cans, jars, boxes and envelopes to deliver to the Cf foundation. Cade has been the singularly most consistent member of the team to sell "EA swag" at concerts and CF fundraising events. From T-shirts to Tote bags to Dog tags and baseball caps, Cade has sold it all. Cade continues his support of the Cystic Fibrosis foundation by spending this summer working with the Cystic Fibrosis foundation in Orange County. Look for him selling "swag" at the Pipeline to a Cure event in Huntington Beach, and at a SWMRS concert near you!
Taylor is Emily's first cousin, but they also happen to be best friends. From the moment they met, Emily and Taylor shared a special and unbreakable bond. Taylor began supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at an early age. She has participated in Great Strides every year since Emily's diagnosis at the age of 2. In high school, Taylor got her student council involved with the CF Foundation and began to lead her own team for Great Strides. Taylor has also volunteered and attended many other CF events. Taylor is currently a sophomore at USC and continues to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She is thrilled to be living closer to her best friend, Emily.
SWMRS: (the band formerly know as Emily's Army) first made a splash in the rock and roll world as Emily's Army. The band changed their name to SWMRS when they lost guitarist Travis Neumann and brought in their bassist Sebastian Mueller. Brothers Max and Cole Becker have known Emily her whole life, and chose the name Emily's Army for their band as a way to advocate for CF and increase awareness amongst their fans and peers. Band mates Joey Armstrong, and Travis Neumann supported the idea and as a band they went on to promote awareness of the disease. They also supported CF fundraising efforts by playing at several events and sold exclusive CF merchandise while on tour. Although they no longer push for awareness by sharing a name, the band along with it's newest member continue to support Emily, CF research, and the hunt for a cure with open dialog about their roots, and by continuing to play events whenever they can. Coincidentally their manager happens to also be a CF patient, which makes working for the cure all the more gratifying.