ROCKLIN, Calif. (Nov. 29, 2017) – On Sunday, Nov. 19, Dutch Bros Rocklin raised more than $4,800 for Emily Cook, a local teen in need of a kidney transplant. Emily’s Mother Janisce, a teacher in the Rocklin community for many years recently passed away from cancer.
“With the loss of Janisce recently, and right before the holidays, we are so moved seeing the community come out in such a huge way in support of Emily and Jim during this difficult and heartbreaking time,” said Jeremy Mauel, owner of Dutch Bros Rocklin. “As teachers, we know that the Cooks have made a great impact on a lot of lives in this area, and we are grateful we had the opportunity to help them in some way.”
Emily has battled Juvenile Idiopathic Polyarticular Arthritis for more than half of her life. Four years ago, Emily developed Wegener’s Disease, an autoimmune disease that causes her immune cells to attack blood vessels, resulting in inflammation. By the time her disease was caught, she had lost more than half of her kidney function, resulting in the need for her to receive a transplant.
Dutch Bros Rocklin, located at 3450 Sunset Blvd., donated the proceeds from each drink sold on Sunday Nov. 19 to Emily Cook. Funds directly offset medical expenses, as Emily continues to battle her disease and seek out a kidney transplant. The Cook family is expecting the cost of her kidney transplant to exceed their medical coverage. They are hoping to raise the money by the time her transplant becomes available and she is able to schedule a surgery.