Don’t Stop Believin’

Diana Marvar, Matt Fitzsimmons and Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons with Ray Marvar and friends

Diana Marvar, Matt Fitzsimmons and Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons with Ray Marvar and friends

“Don’t Stop Believin’!” The words from the 80’s Journey hit were a perfect fit for the Prayers from Maria Sunflower Soiree and Wine Fest held at Old River shopping area last Saturday night.

Lead singer Billy Morris of Cleveland’s Breakfast Club had the Old River party rocking as the band headlined this fundraiser for research supporting the Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation. This year, the foundation made a research grant of $250,000 to help bring an answer to this devastating childhood disease.

Prayers from Maria was started by Ed and Megan McNamara to honor their daughter, Maria, who lost her fight with brain cancer in 2007 at age 7. Because childhood gliomas are grossly under funded, the McNamara family works diligently to make a difference by raising public awareness and bringing hope to children and their families who live with this disease. The McNamaras have dedicated their lives to see that the prayer that sustained little Maria through her illness would someday come true. Maria never thought of herself. Instead, she chose to pray for other children suffering from cancer and their families. She prayed that doctors would find a way to help others. “She is our hero and her fight became our inspiration,” say Ed and Megan. “Her prayers became our mission.”

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