The Maeci & Gracie Give Back Foundation was started to raise money and provide support to organizations which made a difference for the girls as they battled cancer.
How it Started
Back in 2010, Maeci and Gracie met while they were each going through Chemo at Riley Hospital. Gracie was diagnosed just before she turned 4 years old with an Oligoastrocytoma, a brain tumor. After undergoing brain surgery to remove part of the tumor, she started in on 2 years of chemo. Maeci was 10 years old when she was diagnosed in April 2010 with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and began 9 months of chemo soon afterwards. The two met during one of their Tuesday chemo treatments and became fast friends. Before long, the two were inseparable spending more and more time together.
In November 2010 Maeci was scheduled to go on her Make a Wish trip to Disney World. A month before Maeci’s wish would be granted, Gracie decided she wanted to go on her wish with Maeci. With the local 99.5 WZPL Make-a-Wish Requestathon just around the corner, the girls went on the radio to get their wishes granted. Needless to say, the girls wishes were granted very quickly. On the Wish trip itself, the girls had a blast at the various parks. It was certainly a trip to remember for all.
Shortly after the wish trip, the girls decided they wanted to give back to the community. In May 2011, we had our first Co-Ed Softball Tournament and Silent Auction with the plan of helping Make a Wish grant wishes. Our goal was to be able to grant a single wish. We actually did quite a bit better than expected and granted 2 wishes. After the event, we decided to make it an annual event and to see if we could do even better the following year.
In early December 2011, while Gracie was still in Kindergarten she spoke to her school principal about collecting toys for Riley Hospital. The first year for her toy collection was a huge success, requiring 2 full SUVs to deliver the toys to Riley Hospital.
In 2012, we stepped up our giving back activities to include our 2nd Annual Co-Ed Softball Tournament/Silent Auction in the Spring, a girls Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament in the Fall and the December/Christmas toy drive.
Starting January 1st, 2013, we became a fund under the Hendricks County Community Foundation which give us 501(c)3 status. At this point, we’ve granted a total of 6 wishes and delivered roughly 1000 toys to Riley Hospital.