Allison Mateus wrote -
Team Fight Like a Girl is excited to be running the Mudderella in Temecula, CA on October 4 to raise money for the McKenna Claire Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer. Read about the McKenna Claire Foundation below and donate today to support this great organization.
We thank you in advance for your support!
Allison, McCall, Mandy, Jill and Lacey
McKenna Claire Foundation
McKenna (Macky), a vivacious, seemingly healthy, 7-year-old from Huntington Beach was suddenly diagnosed with a rare, inoperable brain stem tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). DIPG tumors, like many pediatric brain tumors, have very low survival rates. In July 2011, McKenna Claire lost her battle with cancer just six months after diagnosis. (Learn more about Macky’s story here.)
The impact that McKenna had on the world was evident from the out-pouring of support her family received from so many during her illness. Her family’s desire to honor McKenna’s legacy and to perpetuate the sense of community that lifted them during their darkest time moved them to action. With the help of talented and gracious friends, the McKenna Claire Foundation was born.
During McKenna’s illness McKenna’s parents, Dave and Kristine Wetzel, interacted with doctors and researchers who were committed to the fight against pediatric cancer and its challenges. When McKenna died, the Wetzels arranged for her brain tumor tissue (along with her brain and spinal cord) to be donated to researchers at Stanford University who are on the cutting edge of pediatric brain cancer and DIPG research. It is their hope that their donation along with the McKenna Claire Foundation’s efforts will help to enable advances in the treatment of pediatric brain cancer and ultimately discover a cure.
Learn more at mckennaclairefoundation.org.
Special thanks to our team's great training sponsor Fitbliss Fitness.
The McKenna Claire Foundation is fiscally sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Greater OC (dba: OneOC).