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#PhilanthropyFriday: Matthew’s Hope 4 Miracles Fund Tackles Pediatric Cancer with 5k

Scranton, PA–Nine-year-old Matthew McDonnell, a third-grade student at South Abington Elementary School, has battled and defeated a rare form of kidney cancer four times since 2014. Now, he’s on a mission to help others.


PHOTO: Linda, Matthew, and Patrick McDonnell with Eyewitness News WBRE WYOU Reporter Anja Whitehead. 

Through Matthew’s Hope 4 Miracles, a fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation, Matthew and his family are on a mission to create awareness about the need for funding for pediatric cancer research and give back to the community by raising funds for local families battling pediatric cancer.

On Saturday, June 1, 2019, Matthew’s Hope 4 Miracles will host their first event–an inaugural 5k Run/Fun Walk at Nay Aug Park in Scranton. The event will feature music, basket raffles, and a visit from Champ of the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders. The 5K Run/Fun Walk will start at 9 a.m. Registration will be from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.

The Fund will use a portion of the proceeds from the 5k to offset some of the costs other local families incur while their child is undergoing treatment. “We understand how travel expenses, lodging, and lost time at work all contribute to the financial burden on these families. We just want families to know that their community cares,” said Linda McDonnell, Matthew’s mother.


PHOTO: Matthew McDonnell and his family and friends pose for a group photo with Eyewitness News WBRE WYOU Reporter Anja Whitehead to support Matthew’s Hope 4 Miracles Fund. 

To learn more about the 5K Run/Fun Walk and how you can participate, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/612376012520529/

Matthew also appeared on WBRE-TV Eyewitness News earlier this week, where Eyewitness News WBRE WYOU Reporter Anja Whitehead interviewed him about the race and his desire to give back to the community. To watch his interview, visit: https://www.pahomepage.com/news/matthew-s-hope-4-miracles-foundation/2031711862

If you would like to contribute to the Matthew’s Hope 4 Miracles Fund, please make a check payable to the Scranton Area Community Foundation and write the fund name on the memo line.