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CROWDRISE : Nov 22, 2011
Tax ID: 03-0608143
BASED: Bay Village, OH, United States




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Grow the Movement

Plant the Seeds. Grow the Movement. Lets end childhood brain cancer.

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 Planting Hope sunflower garden in Avon, Ohio, has attracted thousands and elevated awareness and fundraising for childhood brain cancer research. Our most recent $250,000 grant to Case Western Reserve University is funding cutting edge research exploring the use of nanotechnology to more effectively and less toxically treat children's brain tumors.

Our marathon team, known as the Sunflower Striders, has raised over $100,000 in research dollars by particpating in 10 marathons over the past 6 years. Participation in the Cleveland Marathon alone has raised over $65,000. Please support our team by either joining it, or by making a donation. To join our team, click here to get registered, or simply email
For more information about Prayers from Maria and its impact on childhood brain tumor research, visit

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2017 Cleveland Marathon Sunflower Striders Team

2017 Cleveland Marathon Sunf…

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0% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Prayers From Maria

Prayers From Maria

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110% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Sunflower Striders - 2016 Cleveland Marathon

Sunflower Striders - 2016 Cl…

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120% Raised of $10,000 Goal

2015 Sunflowers for Cancer

2015 Sunflowers for Cancer

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23% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Prayers From Maria Cleveland Marathon 2015

Prayers From Maria Cleveland…

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107% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Prayers from Maria runs the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Prayers from Maria runs the …

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17% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Marine Corps Marathon 2014

Marine Corps Marathon 2014

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25% Raised of $25,000 Goal

2014 Cleveland Marathon

2014 Cleveland Marathon

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57% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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