Maria McNamara was enjoying life, taking dance lessons and playing with her brothers, when she was suddenly diagnosed with one of the deadliest and least understood childhood brain tumors. While Maria was receiving treatment at St. Jude, she made many new friends who were fighting just like she was. Maria started praying for them every night, hoping the doctors would find a way to make them better. Those prayers continued until her own battle ended a year later on July 14, 2007. Maria’s selfless simple prayers became an inspiration that ignited a Movement. Those prayers of hope live on today through the Prayers From Maria Foundation and its annual 50-acre sunflower field, Maria’s Field of Hope. To date, Prayers from Maria has announced over $1 million in grants to fund the most meaningful and groundbreaking childhood brain cancer studies. For more information about Prayers From Maria, Maria’s Field of Hope, and its impact on childhood brain tumor research, visit www.PrayersFromMaria.org.