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      The Choose Joy for Melina First Annual Virtual 5K in Canfield

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      October 4, 2020


      Canfield, Ohio 44406

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      The Choose Joy for Melina First Annual Virtual 5K

      The Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping find a cure for childhood brain cancer.  As a foundation, we are organizing the "The Choose Joy for Melina First Annual 5K."  All proceeds from this event go directly to our foundation and we are hopeful that you will considered participating in the event.  

       On May 22, 2020, the lives of the Edenfield family changed in an unimaginable way, when their youngest of three daughters, Melina Michelle Edenfield — a joyful, energetic, and brilliant little four-year-old — was diagnosed with a deadly childhood brain tumor called Diffuse Midline Glioma (DMG). Despite initial hope from the doctors that radiation treatment might extend her already limited prognosis, the tumor was one of the most aggressive the doctors had seen, and just a month and two days later — on June 24, 2020 — the tumor took sweet little Melina’s life. 
      Up0n Melina’s diagnosis, we learned that childhood cancer research is severely underfunded, receiving less than 3% of all money raised for cancer research.  Less than 1% of that total goes toward pediatric brain tumor funding, equating to only $500 per child diagnosed.  Our mission is to not only raise awareness, but to further fund the necessary research efforts in hopes of saving these wonderful children.
      Melina loved her family, her older sisters, Emilea and Klara, “cheeto” (cheetah) print, and during the most difficult part of her and her family’s lives, Melina never lost her zest or passion for life.  She chose joy every day, and continues to inspire us all to do the same. Please consider racing, sponsoring, or donating to the first annual ‘Choose Joy for Melina Virtual 5k’. We are dedicated to choosing joy for Melina, and we are dedicated to raising as much money as possible to further advance the research to cure pediatric brain tumors. We are greatly appreciative of your consideration. CHOOSE JOY!


      Your race registration fee includes a race t-shirt, goody bag, Second Sole race bib, and contribition toward helping to fund a cure for childhood brain cancer by "Choosing Joy for Melina."  

      You have the option to pick up your goody bag (t-shirt included in the bag) at Second Sole on Oct. 3rd from 11am-3pm or you can choose to have your goody bag shipped to you for $10 (please select shipping during registration).  

      Please submit your virtual 5K time to and he will upload it to the official results page.  

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