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Charity Spotlight:
The Prayers From Maria Foundation

The Prayers From Maria Foundation was started in 2006 by Ed and Megan McNamara after their 6 year old daughter Maria was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. Maria's type of tumor - a glioma - was the deadliest kind and, despite gliomas being the second cause of cancer deaths among young people, there was little funding available for research.Prayers From Maria


The McNamara's did everything humanly possible to save their daughter, but in the end they could only helplessly stand by as their daughter endured the unimaginable. Maria died on July 14, 2007 at the age of seven. Maria's strength, courage, and most of all, her faith, left marks on the souls of all who knew her. Instead of thinking of herself, she chose to pray for all children suffering from cancer and their families. She prayed that the doctors would find a way to help them. Her fight became the McNamara's inspiration and her prayers became their mission.


The Prayers From Maria Children's Glioma Cancer Foundation is dedicated to funding global research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for childhood brain tumors, known as gliomas. Because research of these deadly brain tumors is grossly underfunded, the foundation works diligently to make a difference by raising public awareness and bringing hope to children and their families who are afflicted with this disease. To date, the Foundation has awarded $200,000 in grants to desperately needed research. The research funded by one such foundation grant yielded $3.3 million dollars in further grant research from the National Cancer Institute, highlighting the Foundation's determination to make every dollar count. 


Prayers From Maria is proud to be a Charity Partner, as well as the Expo Sponsor for the 2013 Cleveland Marathon. The foundation's marathon team, the Sunflower Striders, has raised over $50,000 for glioma research since participating in their first Cleveland Marathon in 2010.

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Join the Sunflower Striders team and our mission to find a cure for these deadly childhood brain tumors! For more information visit,

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For more information on other Prayers From Maria events, including how to get tickets to The Big Fat Westside Wedding on February 23, 2013 and the Sunflower Wine Festival on July 13, 2013, please visit our website at  


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