Baby Mackenzie's memory lives on in East Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- We all remember the story of Baby Mackenzie.

The tiny East Tennessee baby who found out she had cancer when she was just a few months old.

4 month old Mackenzie passed last year from rhabdoid cancer, and now a foundation named after her, is raising awareness of childhood cancer.

Today, members from that organization were on hand at Children's Hospital to hand out gifts to children.

"If we can give them a bright ray of sunshine in their day and bring awareness to these children, that is our goal," Jenny Shreeve, of the Baby Mackenzie Foundation

The gifts included teddy bears, toys, coloring books, DVDs and CDs.

Shreeve says one of the most important things to Mackenzie's family was being with her while she was sick.

They say, every family should be able to do that.

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  • by Melissa Location: Dandridge on Jan 18, 2010 at 09:32 PM
    I live in the town where little Mackenzie lived and it broke my heart to hear of her battle it seemed that there was so little you could do except pray for her and the family. I am also a mother of three and it wasnt until Dec 1,09 when I truely realized what the mother and family experienced my 7 year old daughter was diagnoised with a brain tumor and has had three surgeries so far and is fixing to go through radiation and chemo treatments. So my heart deeply goes out to them and we will continue to pray for the family for their loss as I hope everyone will pray for my little Kayla's recovery. This foundation has opened my eyes to the need for awareness and support for children with cancer.
  • by Jenny Location: Dandridge on Jan 25, 2008 at 10:58 PM
    This infant opened my eyes to the issue of childhood cancer as a whole. These children and their families go through so much, more than most of us have to in a life time. If you would like more information about the Baby Mackenzie Foundation, please visit Thank you.


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