In 2015, like many typical 2-year-olds, McKinley loved playing outdoors and exploring the world with her big brother Brady. But when she broke her arm, everything changed.
McKinley had surgery and got a cast on her arm, but her normally cheerful demeanor changed in an unusual way. When the change in her behavior lasted through four weeks, McKinley’s parents, Karen and Casey, decided to consult a doctor.
The result brought them unthinkable news: “Your little girl has cancer; take her to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital immediately.”
That very same day, McKinley started a two-year treatment plan that involved blood thinner shots, daily chemotherapy, hospital stays and surgeries. She endured countless procedures that never seemed to end. But now at age 4, her cancer is in remission and she’s back to attending gymnastics and dance classes with her friends.
To show their gratitude, McKinley’s parents established the Love McKinley Foundation to help other families deal with a cancer diagnosis and ensure that children receive the best medical care possible. McKinley’s parents, through the Love McKinley Foundation, are offering to match donations to the fund received by Nov. 8 up to a total of $50,000. Visit giveto.hopkinsallchildrens.org/mckinleymatch to make your gift today.