Move For Jenn & Mighty Millie Give $50,000 to Levine Children's Hospital Rhabdomyosarcoma Discovery Fund
Because of support from people like you, the team at the Move For Jenn Foundation is thrilled to announce that $50,000 will be gifted to the Levine Children's Hospital in a collaboration with the Mighty Millie Foundation. This gift will benefit the rhabdomyosarcoma gene sequencing project Discovery Fund at Levine Children's Hospital, which is also receiving funding from Beat Childhood Cancer and the Information Project.
"Rhabdomyosarcoma is a type of sarcoma. Sarcoma is cancer of soft tissue (such as muscle), connective tissue (such as tendon or cartilage), or bone. Rhabdomyosarcoma usually begins in muscles that are attached to bones and that help the body move, but it may begin in many places in the body." (Cancer.gov)
Of the $25,000 being gifted from Move For Jenn, just shy of $15,000 will come from a fund we created in Millie Mracek's honor. Millie's parents wrote, "To know Millie is to have been touched by a love for life that can only come from above. Just one look into her sparkling eyes and you felt your own spirit move with an instant burst of joy."
In December of 2020, Millie Mracek was told she had no more options. With the permission of her amazing parents, Claire and Nick, the Move For Jenn team knocked down every door imaginable with the goal of giving the slightest comfort amidst the immense and immeasurable pain of knowing Millie was running out of time. Out of this, the Move For Jenn Clinical Trial Advocacy Program was born and named in honor of Millie. Even after her passing, she is continuing to help guide us to change the world. Learn more about the Mighty Millie, Move For Jenn relationship here.
When our Mighty Millie Clinical Trial Advocacy Program began, gifts from Millie's loved ones poured into our organization. At the time, the Mracek family had not yet created the Mighty Millie Foundation. These honorarium gifts raised $14,300, which will now be gifted to the rhabdomyosarcoma gene sequencing project Discovery Fund at Levine Children's Hospital. When these gifts were made, we knew that we wanted to hold on to them until we could partner with the Mighty Millie Foundation on a sarcoma focused project near and dear to our hearts. That day has come.
An additional $10,700 will be gifted to the Discovery Fund from the Move For Jenn Foundation for a total gift of $25,000. The Mighty Millie Foundation will also be making a gift of $25,000, making the total gift $50,000. This project is made even more special due to the fact that Jenn's oncologist, Dr. Patt, will be part of the research.
The special fund is also receiving gifts from Beat Childhood Cancer and the Information Project. "The Beat Childhood Cancer Research Consortium (40+ children's hospitals) designs and rapidly enrolls kids on bold clinical trials, creating options."
We cannot wait to see what comes from this collaboration. While it is our first with the Mighty Millie Foundation, it most certainly will not be our last.
None of this is possible without your support. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for giving more children like Millie a chance.