"I've done several press and TV interviews recently about creating a permanent memorial to Emmy Grace Cherry, and in each one I've been asked, Why would you do something like this? My answer is always the same: Why would I not? Emmy was a beautiful, generous, loving little girl who should not be snuffed out from our lives like a candle."

"Her light is the brightest of lights, and it deserves to shine on for a long, long time. It is a great and humbling honor to be allowed to share the grief of her family and her community, and to be able to help raise funds for people that Emmy would have wanted to help herself."