Fifteen year old Emily Alaniz, daughter of Paul Alaniz and Sheila Alaniz Schiffbauer of Bryson, has been battling cystic fibrosis her entire life. She was diagnosed as having the disease just months after her birth and spent six months the first year of her life in the hospital.

Emily's aunt Jenny Schiffbauer said most people don't even know that Emily is sick.
“Emily doesn't let her illness change her,” Jenny said.

Unfortunately, Emily has been having hard times with her health since the holidays. She went in for a check up on Valentines Day and her doctors decided to admit her. She's been at the Children's Medical Center in Dallas ever since.

 In the meantime, her medical bills are costly and a group of friends from the community have rallied together and formed the Fundraising Friends of Emily to help gather donations to help the family. Sheila Birdwell of Bryson is over-seeing the fundraising. She may be contacted at (940) 392-2337. Friends have put together the following fundraisers in Emily's honor and would appreciate any and all effort from the community to attend these events.

Pizza Hut in Graham is hosting a dinner buffet Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. The buffet will be $5 with drink included. All tips from the evening will go entirely to Emily's family. Pizza Hut will also donate pizza at a reduced price to Bryson ISD today for the students to purchase by the slice.


Bryson ISD is sponsoring school and student fundraisers for Emily. For $1, students can choose to wear a hat or come in their pajamas. The boys can pay $5 and go without shaving for a week. Bryson ISD will also host a hamburger dinner Monday, March 24 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Cost is $5 a plate. During the hamburger dinner there will be a silent auction including gift baskets, massage packages and more. All are invited to join the fun for a great cause. There are also students working together to do anything they can to help as well. A skeet shooting fundraiser is being planned for this spring. Details are not yet available.

Read the full article in the Jack County Herald, Mar 7