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Our Race Starts as a Marathon and Ends as a Mission. 


It's not just the FINISH LINE we're racing towards. Let's End Childhood Brain Cancer. Help us run out of 2020 and into 2021 by joining the Prayers From Maria Sunflower Striders Team!  

On this day, there are many families who will be told the devastating news that their child suffers from an incurable brain tumor with little hope for survival. But at Prayers from Maria we believe in Hope. That’s why we’re asking you to help support our vital mission by joining our Sunflower Striders team or cheering us on with a donation! To date, our efforts have resulted in nearly 8 million dollars going to the fight against childhood brain cancer with valuable discoveries and progress made. Help us continue to bring hope to children with brain cancer!

The Prayers from Maria Foundation, inspired by the life and prayers of Maria McNamara, is a foundation built out of love and compassion for children who suffer, and have died, from the deadliest brain tumors. Our mission is to honor childhood cancer patients with the attention they rightfully deserve by reversing the tragic lack of funding and raising awareness to advance the most meaningful children’s brain cancer research. 

You may know us for our sunflower fields. Maria’s Field of Hope serves as a symbol of hope that attracts thousands of visitors each year from across the country. There are currently two locations in Avon and Sandusky, Ohio. The fields are planted each year in the spirit of Maria, as a way to love and honor courageous children now battling cancer, and to celebrate the lives of those lost. Learn more at


At Prayers From Maria we believe in hope. Our seed funding supports critical cancer research for kids, delivering more targeted, lifesaving treatments. 

Plant the Seeds. Grow the Movement. Let's End Childhood Brain Cancer!

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Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
Oct 25 Elizabeth Braverman $27.68
Oct 25 Anonymous Emily, You are an inspiration to all of us--so good-natured and so willing to give your best effort in everything you do. God bless you... Undisclosed amount
Oct 25 Anonymous You are an inspiration. Undisclosed amount
Oct 25 Anonymous $107.94
Oct 24 Nicole Hakim Great job😃 $22.32
Oct 24 John Cernelich $27.68
Oct 24 For Abbey Brown For Abbey Brown $27.68
Oct 24 Lori Dersi Celebrating 30 years of you being a survivor! "For I know the plans I have for you...plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 Undisclosed amount
Oct 23 Maria Barg You are my hero! $107.94
Oct 23 Phil and Kris Brown Thank you for raising money while having fun!! $54.43