Why I'm Running
Last year was my first year. It was the most AMAZING experience!! I look at these children and think what they go through and how much they deserve their Special Wish!!! I can handle 24 hours for them to have their wish come true!!
About Team Penelope

Penny was our smiley, talkative baby with contagious joy. After her second birthday, we started to notice heightened clumsiness, delayed milestones, and personality changes. We suspected something was wrong and started searching for answers.

She was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea with suspected inner ear issues. During her tonsillectomy the surgeon found her ears to be pristine and had no explanation for her off-balance. Penny’s symptoms heightened with sporadic headaches and vomiting. After personal research, and clean ears, we started to suspect a tumor and began pursuing neurology.On June 21, ten days post tonsillectomy, Penny had such alarming symptoms we rushed her to the ER and demanded a CT scan. We discovered Penny did in fact have a very large tumor in her cerebellum and massive fluid buildup surrounding her brain. She was transported to Cleveland Clinic where she received an 18 hour brain surgery and spent a month recovering with rehab. Just 3 weeks later, we left to adopt her little brother in India.

Penny still attends weekly therapy where she works on strength, coordination, and confidence. Although the brain damage caused by the tumor may never reverse, Penny has continued to make miraculous progress. These days she loves all things princesses, but also loves playing superhero with her brothers.Penny Lou will always be our brave girl. Her bravery was inspirational through her surgeries and learning to walk again in therapy. She continues to be brave through appointments and MRIs every 3 months. We continue to sing praises for the way we’ve seen God write our brave Penny Lou’s story.

$787.00 of $700 goal

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Pam Dell
13 days ago
$25.00
Monarchino
13 days ago
Beorn family
13 days ago

So proud of you!

$24.00
The Prince Family
14 days ago

YOU GOT THIS

$24.00
Chelsea
14 days ago

Good luck Jamie!!! Prayers for Penelope! Hope she enjoys her wish !

$20.00
Anonymous
14 days ago

Let’s get Penny’s wish!!

$25.00
Anonymous
14 days ago

This is for Penny!!

$27.00
Ralph Cleveland
14 days ago
Many wonderful people
15 days ago

Thank you to everyone who bought a bracelet!!! We got this.

$150.00
Anonymous
15 days ago

You got this 💪🏼

$25.00
Kingma
17 days ago
Taylor family
17 days ago
$24.00
Anonymous
19 days ago

You got this! Have fun, be safe, and be proud! - previous 24/24 challenger

$24.00
Angie Potosky
20 days ago

You can do it, Jamie!

$50.00
Downeys
22 days ago
$50.00
Tami
26 days ago

It was nice to meet your daughter!

$20.00
Denise Coyle
1 month ago

Paxton Swackhamer

$120.00
The Kuchta Family
2 months ago
$35.00
Godfrey & Janel Zawatski
3 months ago

Go Jamie!