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Did you know that childhood cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease in kids in the US? Childhood cancer research is desperately needed but vastly underfunded, and that is why I am committed to this cause.

This is my second year being part of the Prayers From Maria Sunflower Striders team. This year I am dedicating my run to this little Warrior named Ella. Ella is a sweet, vibrant 3 year old that loves to swim, color and play with her big sister Lilly.
Just last month Ella's parent's took her to the hospital because she was complaining of headaches. The neurologist ordered an emergency CT scan to be informed that a mass on her brain stem was discovered. She was moved to PICU, where doctors did an MRI and Ella was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), which is a very rare, aggressive and inoperable brain cancer.
I am raising money for childhood cancer research to help children like little Ella.

Donate to help Cathy raise money for Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon’s fundraising campaign.


Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
May 07 Sarah Short $54.43
Apr 29 Kathy & George Petrow $50.00
Apr 29 Theodore & Joanna Kokkas God bless sweet Ella. $50.00
Mar 28 Erin Kupec $27.68
Mar 28 Kristen Doerschner Undisclosed amount
Mar 10 Chuck Balazs Jr $22.32
Mar 09 Eileen Gullatta Sweet Ella $30.00
Mar 09 Nicole Hakim Best of luck on your run Cathy! Undisclosed amount
Mar 07 Timothy Betz $27.68
Mar 06 Kim Binkley Undisclosed amount