Joanne Emberson is keenly aware of the power of a community, the good work of our local hospitals, and the importance of paying it forward.
Joanne’s cousin, Nathaniel, was first diagnosed with cancer when he was 11 months old. Nathaniel experienced two other forms of cancer, colorectal cancer at age 20 and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 27 before his passing in July, 2016 at the age of 29.
“Nathaniel made us laugh with his impersonations and eccentric ways. A collector of oddities, Nathaniel's pockets were always stuffed full of treasures that he generously shared. He was brave, never complaining. He had the kindest heart, never failing to bring a smile across our face. No matter the obstacle thrown his way, Nathaniel always said, “it could be worse”. His courage, gratefulness, and gentle soul has always been such an inspiration to myself , my family and many others”.
Years of treatment at McMaster, the General, and then Juravinski instilled in Joanne a sense of awe at the staff and countless volunteers who nurtured and supported Nathaniel along the way. It also emphasized the need for the community to do its part and support our local hospitals and other families in need.
Crumbuns Bakeshop Cafe is located at 788 Concession Street, a block away from Juravinski Hospital, and Joanne would like the opportunity to 'pay it forward' and contribute to the hospitals, as well as to help other families who are experiencing health crises and remind them they are not alone.
Nathaniel left an indelible mark on the souls of many. To honor the memory of Nathaniel, Joanne has created signature cookies. The colourful and unique “Candy Cookie” reminds us of Nathaniel’s love of candy and symbolizes his bright and cheerful personality. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each cookie will be donated to Juravinski Hospital.