Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving.  Thanks for helping give the promise of the same Happy Thanksgiving wishes to the children with cancer and blood disorders through your interest the MACC Fund. You need only look at Emilie’s TODAY’S TMJ4 MACC*Star to know the importance of your support.  The words “Love, Smile, Be Happy” sum up this adorable 7-year-old. Her inscription is especially poignant when you think that she has undergone chemotherapy since her fifth birthday.  She is off treatment now and her blond hair is growing back. Her smile never left. Kids like Emilie are the “face of the MACC Fund.” 

Thanks to the efforts of so many people, many children battling cancer will be at their family’s dinner table.  An internationally renown physician/scientist who is a member of the MACC Fund’s external Scientific Advisory Board spoke of the children who will not be with their family when she solemnly said “we do research to honor those whom we lost.”

Thanks to generous friends, the MACC Fund has contributed $39 million to research in Wisconsin to help kids here and throughout the world. This has played an important role in helping the overall cancer cure rate to rise from 20% to 80% over the past 30 years.  Yet we all know that the research needs to continue until we reach 100%. 

Thank you for being part of the MACC Fund Team that is providing a Gift of Hope Through Research to children with cancer and related blood disorders. We wish you all the best Thanksgiving wishes always and all ways.

John Cary ~ Executive Director

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Seasons change but generous support for the MACC Fund never changes

The leaves have fallen, the air is crisp, the Milwaukee Bucks are playing well, and winter must be just around the corner since our neighbors to the northwest in Minnesota just got nearly a foot of snow. As the chilly winds fill the air, we are filled with memories of your generous support throughout the summer and fall starting with the Chili’s MACC Open in June. 

Golf quickly gave way to bicycles as the 21st annual TREK 100 returned to Waterloo, Wis., where the worldwide leader in cycling, Trek Bicycle Corp., is based. Nearly 2,250 riders and hundreds of volunteers joined Eddie Doucette and me along with our good friend John Burke, president of Trek. They rode up to 100 miles on the beautiful country roads flanked by fertile farmland. The 21-year proceeds total $9.5 million!  

The summer of golf and cycling gave way to the 34th annual Bucks MACC Fund Game in October celebrating where the MACC Fund got its start on a basketball court. Our great friends from Trek and the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association donated the proceeds from their events in June after watching 3-year-old named Liam who is battling cancer present the ball to start the game. 

Now we look forward to the Balistreri Sendik’s Food Markets holiday promotions, selling 7-year-old Emilie’s adorable TODAY’S TMJ4 MACC*Star, the great Cute Kids Calendar from Mortensen’s Photography, the 25th anniversary Candy Cane Lane in West Allis, A Pack Lunch With Aaron Rodgers at a Packers Party House near Lambeau Field on Dec. 4, the TODAY’S TMJ4 Sports Auction 4 MACC at noon on Dec. 11 capping off the station’s 30th consecutive year of live broadcasts, Pepsi’s MACC Fund Holiday Program celebrating its 26th year and more. 

We all know that economic challenges remain, but through it all, it is clear that generous friends still find the time and the money to fund research to help a child with cancer or a blood disorder.  For that, especially at this national time of giving thanks, I humbly and gratefully say “thank you.”  If you can, please consider making a “Gift of Hope” by clicking the DONATE button at http://www.maccfund.org   It is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

~Jon McGlocklin–President and Co-Founder

We see people at their best! 4-year-old Masyn touched us all.

I oftentimes comment on how lucky we are as a staff to work with “people at their best.”  What I mean by this is that the MACC Fund’s unique primary style of fund-raising, special events – we get about 75% of our annual $3 million income from them – draws people together with special interests with the intention of helping kids. 

They might like to ride a bike whether indoors or outdoors in Ridin’ for Research or the TREK 100, golf on the MACC Fund Golf Tour, play basketball with the Brookfield Jaycees, watch the WBCA All-Star Game, listen to the Bob & Brian Radiothon on THE HOG, attend the annual  Milwaukee Bucks MACC Fund Game, join Women for MACC at Pasta Fest, “Shoot for a Cure and “Couture for a Cure,” cheer for Brewers Doubles sponsored by West Bend Mutual Insurance and Bucks three-pointers sponsored by Miller/Coors, join Aaron Rodgers in helping the kids, bid on auction items in the TODAY’S TMJ4 Sports Auction 4 MACC, enjoy the 25th annual Candy Cane Lane in West Allis, break a board with JK Lee at the Board Break-A-Thon, check out the new cars at the ADAMM Auto Show Gala the night before, go skiing with UW’s Theta Chi fraternity, cheer on the Milwaukee Wave at the Wave MACC Fund Game, get their hair “buzzed” like the kids at Shorewood High and Whitefish Bay High, cheer for the Firefighters and the Police in the Battle of the Badges with the Milwaukee Admirals, Pull a Plane with Bob and Brian, Frontier Airlines and Laacke & Joys, buy an holiday tradition MACC*Star ornament designed by 7-year-old Emilie who likes to smile, purchase a special Real Food magazine from the Balistreri Sendik’s Markets, purchase Pepsi in the holiday season, or simply take the time to think about a child.  We see them at their best – all the time.  We are pretty lucky, and we know it.

Yes, we get to meet lots of great people with a common interest of helping the MACC Fund help a child with cancer or a blood disorder.  Sometimes we get to meet the kids themselves which is a special gift.  Sometimes they become friends.  Sometimes those friends become very special friends. Sometimes we get invited to their birthday parties or their graduation parties, their weddings and even their baby’s christenings. Sometimes they die and we attend their funeral struggling to try to find the words that do not exist to console their grieving parents who somehow find the strength to thank us. Sometimes they ask us to be pall bearers. Sometimes we have the privilege of giving their eulogy. 

Sometimes we get to meet children who want to help other children and sometimes those children have cancer themselves.  That was the case recently when 4-year-old Masyn came into the office with his mom.  They drove down from Fond du Lac just to give us money from his fourth birthday. Masyn asked for money for the MACC Fund instead of presents for himself. Four-years-old and he has already learned one of the secrets to a happy life – caring for others.  Ignatius called it “Cura Personalis.”  Marquette University displays it from banners which adorn its campus.  Masyn just did it to help other kids – kids like him.  Kids who have cancer. (I never get used to that, even after nearly 29 years in this great job.)  He proudly gave us a container filled with $265!  He had a big smile and quickly took over the office as his mom quietly told Donna and Becky all that he had been through even though he just turned 4.

Our reception area features leather seats.  Not just any leather seats but “loved” leather seats from a Midwest Airlines jet of days gone by, the older sibling of the Frontier Airlines jet we “pulled” last month.  Masyn and I sat in those seats and he told me about his trip on an airplane to Disneyworld. His eyes got bigger and bigger as he told the staff which gathered about meeting Mickey and even Donald Duck!  “No way,” I said, and he proudly said “Yah!” with the conviction and energy of an umpire calling a third strike.   We talked about “Lightning McQueen” from “Cars” and his other favorites “Handy Manny” and “Thomas” and “Chuggington.” We even sang the Chuggington theme song. I knew it and all of his other favorite shows since I am lucky enough to have a 4-year-old grandson named Ben.  I told Masyn about Ben and his sister Audrey and their cousins Charlie and baby Lucy as I fought back tears, the same ones which blur my vision now, as I think of the 4 years Ben has had – thank God – free of cancer and other serious illnesses.  We can’t say the same about Masyn, but we can say he is cancer-free for the past 11 months.  He is working on 12 months, a full year, 25% of his life, right now.

Four-years-old and caring about others more than himself.  Some people live a lifetime without learning that lesson; but not the people who care about the kids who help the MACC Fund.  Like I said, the MACC Fund is lucky to see “people at their best.”   People of all shapes, sizes, colors – and ages too – like our new little buddy, Masyn who turned his 4th birthday into a real celebration of life!  I bet Mickey and Donald are still smiling from meeting him after his airplane ride.  We are.  Thanks Masyn.  You taught us a lot.  We look forward to learning more each year. 

~John Cary – Executive Director

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