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Raise money for Prayers From Maria Sunflower Striders

Prayers From Maria was inspired by the prayers of seven-year-old Maria McNamara, who lost her battle against a brain stem glioma in 2007. While Maria was receiving treatment at St. Jude, she prayed for other sick children that she met, hoping the doctors would find a way to help them and make them better. Prayers From Maria, founded by Maria’s parents Ed and Megan McNamara of Avon Lake, Ohio, is dedicated to answering Maria’s prayers by funding global research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for the deadliest childhood brain tumors and bringing hope to children and families who deal with the disease’s hardships. Our Planting Hope sunflower garden in Avon, Ohio, has attracted thousands and elevated awareness and fundraising for childhood brain cancer research. Our most recent $250,000 grant to Case Western Reserve University is funding cutting edge research exploring the use of nanotechnology to more effectively and less toxically treat children’s brain tumors.


Our marathon team, known as the Sunflower Striders, has raised over $100,000 in research dollars by participating in 10 marathons over the past 6 years. Participation in the Cleveland Marathon alone has raised over $65,000. Please support our team by either joining it, or by making a donation.


Click on one of our teams below to make a donation.

Team information

Prayers From Maria Sunflower Striders

Raised: $20,528.98

Run for Pam

Raised: $54.43

Team Mitchell Man

Raised: $16.98

Recent donors

Date Name Amount
May 17 Emily Dillen $27.68
May 16 Katie Durkalski $54.43
May 16 Maura Brozovic $27.68
May 16 Jeff Barlow $107.94
May 16 The Roehl’s $107.94
May 16 Renee Vincent Donation made in honor of our nephew, Jackson Kunze. $321.98
May 15 Shelley Dillen Perfect day for a run, good luck! $27.68
May 15 Kelly Stepnowsky Go John!!!!! We will be cheering for you from the east side!!! $54.43
May 15 Jen and Keir Kurinsky $54.43
May 15 Dana Eaton Go John!! Thanks for running for a great cause!! Undisclosed amount