Honored Kid

McKenna Wetzel

McKenna Wetzel Kid Photo


Huntington Beach, CA, US


Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

January 2011



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My Story

On January 21st, 2011, our daughter McKenna was diagnosed with one of the most lethal of all childhood cancers, DIPG. Knowing that her prognosis was grim, we vowed to do everything in our power to find a treatment that would give us more time in hopes that a cure might be just around the corner. What we found was that there were no promising treatments. Anywhere. While we never gave up hope, we knew in our hearts that the cure would not be found in our daughter's lifetime. We celebrated her life every day and tried to give her a lifetime's worth of experiences in 6 short months. During this time, McKenna showed us just what courage, grace, and love really looked like. No child or parent should have to experience the horror of pediatric cancer. When we lost McKenna, we were devastated, but we made her a promise. We would do everything in our power to further research and expedite a cure in order to give hope to the next family that receives this diagnosis. This is why we have partnered with St. Baldrick's. We work together so that someday children won't just get more time with their families, they will get a lifetime.

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