RED BANK, NJ:  On August 25, 2019, 2-year-old Mackenzie L. Murphy (Mack) was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, which commences a long, two-year journey (which included her first month living in the hospital) receiving chemo and other cancer-fighting drugs.

Mackenzie also has a medical diagnosis of Down Syndrome, which requires the family to ensure she is receiving developmental intervention and therapies. The cancer diagnosis has set the family back regarding being able to stay-on-top of needed therapies and interventions due to time, money, and medical constraints. The mother, Lauren Elizabeth Murphy, is a graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School.

Family and friends have established a Go Fund Me account and a Meal Train to help the family.

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Additionally, a fundraising event will be held on March 21, 2020, from 6:00 P.M to 10:00 P.M. at the Red Bank Elks Lodge #233, located at 40 West Front Street, Red Bank, to raise money to cover Mack's medical bills not covered by insurance, developmental therapies necessary for Down Syndrome, and hardship costs associated with Mackenzie's mother having to take a leave of absence from work and her FMLA running out in early December.

If you "join" or "like" the Facebook page, you can see all the updates regarding the event's chance auction and progressive 50/50 fundraiser.

Tickets to the event and the progressive 50/50 are currently available. Friends and family responsible for the fundraiser are in search of donations such as baskets/prizes for the chance auction. The event will include light fare and music.

"I have worries, like any mother, for my daughter, who fights so hard, daily to show the world how strong, smart, and amazing she is.  She has a Down Syndrome diagnosis, which requires a lot of developmental therapy, but now with a leukemia diagnosis, she has to face and overcome even more challenges.  And my fearless little two-year-old is showing the world just how mighty she is.  My fear is that no parent should know cancer in their children; this is not how we imagine our lives when we have children.  However, I have to say that it has been a humbling experience to know that we have such love and support from our various communities in New York (where my husband is from and where we work) as well as in Freehold (where I grew up), Red Bank (where I attended high school), and Maywood (where we currently reside) New Jersey. We wouldn't be able to do this without all those who have embraced us. Thank you."

"Since birth, Mackenzie has been in early intervention fighting to learn how to walk, how to use her fine & gross motor skills, & how to talk.  The process will take years as this is the difficult and expensive part of loving a special child with needs.  And along with this mountain, our fierce little 2-year-old girl is in the fight for her life. And even with 15-minute long nosebleeds, exhaustion, chemotherapy, spinal taps, etc., she is tough.  She is so strong. I am so proud of my little niece. And when I look over at my exhausted younger sister who is wrought with worry and concern, I think, "this is where my niece gets it from. "I am so proud of my sister for the woman she has become and for the amazing mother she is for her kids".  I want to scoop them both up and make this better, but this is beyond me.  And it is not something one cannot fight alone.  

One needs a crew behind them.  And this is yet another talent Mack has - bringing people together as a community.  You are all her community, and we appreciate your kindness, generosity, prayers, strength, & support.  We could not do this without all of you.  Thank You so very much from the bottom of my heart for helping my niece and my sister. It means the world to my family.  Our hearts are heavy, but all of you have lightened our burden, and we appreciate that."

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Click HERE for their Go Fund Me page.

Please continue to keep Mighty Mack in your thoughts and prayers!" ♥️

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