Dollhouse wins Emilie’s heart

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By Cindy Simpson

A Rockwood girl facing a rare genetic disorder now has a new treasure to enjoy when she can’t be outdoors.


Emilie Gregg, who was diagnosed with plasminogen deficiency in 2010, got a handmade dollhouse decked out with detailed furniture.

She didn’t know why she was meeting Gail May when the family first came to her home.

When she was shown the dollhouse, it seemed to take a moment to sink in it was hers.

She carefully examined the delicate items, whispering shyly to her grandmother, Cindy Gregg, that the tiny globe was her favorite.

“She’s limited to her outside time, so stuff like that is wonderful to her,” said Cindy Gregg. “She’ll cherish that forever.”

Allergies and other illness can trigger the disorder’s ailments so the family does its best to avoid them.
Her disorder causes hard masses to develop in her eyes and other organs.

May, the mapping coordinator at E-911, began making dollhouses in 2000. The work has been healing for the maker.

“It was kind of therapy for me while I was going through chemo,” May said.

The dollhouse she made Emilie — painted apple green, with each room carefully furnished — took her several months.

May said she was going to donate it to a worthy cause and saw the Roane County News story on Emilie.

Emilie is a true girls’ girl, so the dollhouse is a perfect gift.

The family also recently enjoyed a trip to Disney World, thanks to Dream Connection, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling the dreams of children who are faced with life-threatening or chronically debilitating illnesses in East Tennessee.

She’d especially been looking forward to the Disney Princesses.

“I thought we were going to have to bring Rapunzel back with us,” Cindy Gregg quipped.

The family continues to struggle financially to take care of Emilie’s medical care, which includes expensive daily eye drops that are not covered by insurance.

The family has set up a bank account into which others can donate to help with the costly treatments.
Account information is available by calling Gregg at 304-6364.