At MCF, we believe that cures will be found much sooner if we are all willing to work together. In the spirit of that belief, McKenna Claire Foundation and St. Baldrick's have once again partnered to fund pediatric brain cancer research. And this year it is DIPG specific. Here's an excerpt from The St. Baldrick's Foundation press release....

"The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to announce that it has partnered with the McKenna Claire Foundation in Huntington Beach, Calif., to support the work of a childhood cancer researcher at the University of Michigan.

“As a family and as a foundation, we are proud to partner with the St. Baldrick's Foundation in support of researchers seeking desperately-needed therapies for pediatric brain cancer,” said Kristine Wetzel, co-founder of The McKenna Claire Foundation. “It is our firm belief that by working together, we will speed the process to bring effective treatments to children and families currently seeking hope.”

This year, the funds raised by the McKenna Claire Foundation supported a $100,000 St. Baldrick’s Research Grant awarded to Sriram Venneti, M.D., Ph.D., at University of Michigan. Dr. Venneti will investigate a way to shut down pathways that feed DIPG cancer cells."

As always, we are #bettertogether

Don't forget, this is the last few days of the Chevron Butterfly campaign. As you run errands, take the kids to soccer, and otherwise enjoy your weekend, don't forget to pop in to a participating Chevron, purchase a butterfly in support of pediatric brain cancer research, and say thank you from MCF!

An interactive map can be found on our website!

Thank you, TODAY Parents, for showing the reality of a childhood cancer diagnosis, and especially DIPG, in such clear and understandable terms. Sending love to Phoebe and her parents.... ...

To the littlest warriors fighting pediatric cancer, we salute you… and all the families, nurses and doctors who are fighting for you. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.

Four years ago, Mama's on 39 invited McKenna Claire Foundation to participate in a "Give Back" night, and a beautiful friendship was formed. Owner Pete Truxaw, Managing Partner Robert Corrigan and crew have become huge advocates for MCF and childhood cancer awareness, supporting the foundation in a myriad of ways too numerous to list.
And it's not just MCF they support. Mama's on 39 has helped local schools, teams, philanthropies and special causes raise over $100,000 dollars through their "Give Back" program.
Mama's truly lives our motto - "Shine a Light, Grow a Community, Pay It Forward" and we are so proud to call them our friends.
Mama's on 39

A huge thank you to Pete Truxaw and the crew at Mama's on 39 for a great event last night. Our community continues to humble and amaze us with their passion and their commitment to pediatric cancer. The energy in the room last night was so fun and positive. Old friends and new of all ages eating, drinking, and mingling their way to a cure. You continue to lift us up and carry us on this journey. We couldn't do it without all of you.