Support Concussion Research at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries

Campaign Creator

Marilyn Paitel

Change cover photo

My Progress


47 Supporters and Counting
Give Now

Support Concussion Research at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries

Back to Top

About My Campaign

Thank you for remembering our beloved Emma.

Emma loved dancing, teaching, physical therapy and the medical field, travelling, friends, family. She was bilingual, bicultural and moved easily between her French life and her American one.

Emma was a beautiful dancer who loved to share her passion with students. She had passed the highest Advanced 2 level Royal Academy of Dance Exam. She could find something positive to say to each dancer she taught or knew, even rambunctious three year olds in tap shoes, encouraging them and finding their strengths.

Emma’s strengths included both Arts and Sciences. She was a bright student in a combined bachelor’s/ doctorate of physical therapy program at Muhlenberg College and Thomas Jefferson University.

Emma suffered severe migraines from a concussion which never resolved. We will remember about Emma’s passing the tremendous quiet strength she had for so long, and the effort that took. We will remember how important it was to Emma that every dancer be included, how she loved to teach and how her students flourished with her, how she worked hard, how she believed in kindness. We will remember how beautiful she was to watch dance, how she carried herself, how she smiled. We will remember laughing together at life’s ironies, playing card games, travelling in our old Eurovan to the national parks and in Europe. We’ll remember her wit, her intelligence, her dedication, her grace. Mostly, we will continue to love her tremendously.

At just 19, Emma had so much still to offer the world. We hope funds donated in her name will one day help other dancers to have an easier path.


Marilyn, Yvan, and Ashley

This campaign supports: Harkness Dance Injury Fund for Care of Indigent Dancers


We are so sorry, and we're sending thoughts of love and our deepest sympathy to your family.
Sending love and support from the dance program at Muhlenberg College. We remember Emma fondly as a beautiful dancer with a warm and lovely spirit. She is missed.
Thinking of you all. We shall always remember lovely Emma.
May you find love and comfort in your beautiful memories of Emma. Thinking of you - from Morgan & Cooper
We continue to keep you close in prayer during this difficult time.
In memory of Emma with all our family LOVE
I'm very sorry for your loss.
Remembering Emma and thinking of all of you on her birthday.
In memory of Emma with love and with hope for others
Our hearts truly ache for your loss of Emma's bright light.
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are all thinking of your family.
Marilyn, Yvan, and Ashley - we hope this research can make a difference in another dancer's life.
Always know I love Emma, no matter what, forever.
I am so sorry for your loss, Marilyn, Yvan and Ashley.
I'll miss Ms. Emma. We will keep her living in our hearts and memories forever. Nina, Jolie, and the Hernandez family
In memory of beautiful Emma from the Hartmann family
May you find some comfort in your memories of Emma.
From Emma's colleagues at North Boulder Physical Therapy
We are thinking of you Marilyn, Yvan, and Ashley and we are very sorry for your loss.
My deepest sympathy for your loss. Words can not describe how heartbroken I am for your family.
From Coursin, Kimberly, Morgan, Stephen, and myself.
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
We are so sorry for your loss.
I am sorry for your loss.
We are so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful message on the donation page, Marilyn. I'll also submit this for corporate match, so that will double the amount. I'm confident that Emma would have loved your choice of institution for donations.
We love Emma and are sending prayers of support and peace to her wonderful family. Love, The Todd Family
I am very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and healing.

Want to start your own campaign?

It's easy to make a difference.

Start Now

The content or links contained in this page are not products of NYU Langone Health.