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 gliomas and bringing hope to children and families who deal with the disease’s hardships.
Our mile-long Planting Hope sunflower garden in Avon, Ohio, has attracted thousands and elevated awareness and fundraising for childhood brain cancer research. Our annual summer events—The Sunflower Soiree and Sunflower Wine Festival—raise approximately $200,000 to fund children’s glioma research. Our marathon team, known as the Sunflower Striders, has raised over $96,000 in research dollars by particpating in 9 marathons over the past 5 years.To date, Prayers from Maria has awarded almost a half million dollars in research grants to fund the most promising research studies.
For more information about Prayers from Maria and its impact on childhood brain tumor research, visit www.PrayersFromMaria.org. For information on how to join one of our marathon teams, please email email@example.com.