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Help Mallory raise money

For participating in 2021 FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, & Team Relay

My Story…

608f49a76c116.jpegOn May 22, 2020 Melina Edenfield was diagnosed with an aggressive pediatric brain tumor called Diffuse Midline Glioma (DMG).  Melina lost her fight to this tumor on June 24 of the same year, but it was just the beginning of her family’s fight to cure this disease... all while dressed in all things cheetah print, or “cheeto” as Melina called it!

This is dear to my heart as Melina & my daughter, Amelia, quickly became best pals when they met in preschool.  Amelia continues to talk about her friend to this day.

Michelle & Keith, Melina’s parents, decided to create awareness for pediatric brain tumors while continuing to CHOOSE JOY because that is how Melina lived!

 The Edenfields’ strength is contagious & because of this, I wanted to take a personal challenge, in running this marathon, & turn it into something so much more meaningful. I want to raise donations and awareness, while spreading Melina’s story & joy during my time training! 

Please put on your finest “cheeto” print and join me in raising funds to help the Edenfield family fight this fight!

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Donate to help Mallory raise money for 2021 FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, & Team Relay’s fundraising campaign.


Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
Sep 30 The Bumgardner’s $50.00
Sep 28 Shannon Vodhanel Thanks for leading us Mallory ❤💚🧡 $50.00
Sep 28 Amy Capretta $100.00
Sep 25 Anonymous Amazing job! Undisclosed amount
Sep 25 Bethany You’re Amazing Mallory!!! $50.00
Sep 25 Scott S Such an inspiration Mals! Undisclosed amount
Sep 25 Spencer Detter $250.00
Sep 25 The Johnston Family Undisclosed amount
Sep 24 The Navarro Family: Nelson, Erin, Nelson, and Ella So proud of you, Mallory! We choose joy for Melina!! Undisclosed amount
Sep 24 Anonymous For the love of a little girl I never met... Undisclosed amount