‘Choose Joy’ event held in Canfield to support pediatric brain cancer research


The Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation has a special mission: ‘Choose Joy’ every day and under all circumstances, just as Melina hoped they would.

Valley residents can head to Canfield Green on Saturday to give ‘Choose Joy’ to help the Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation and their mission to support childhood brain cancer research.

Melina Michelle Edenfield was four years old when she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain tumor known as Diffuse Midline Glioma. All too soon, Melina’s life was taken in June 2020, just a month and two days after her diagnosis.

Despite the circumstances, the joy Melina brought to her family and community never wavered.

After her death, her family learned that childhood cancer research is seriously underfunded: only 3% of all money raised for cancer funding was spent on childhood cancer. Less than 1% of that total funds research into childhood brain tumors, which works out to about $500 per child diagnosed.

Her family, neighbors and community knew that this is not nearly enough and that children like Melina deserve so much more. They knew they had to take action.

The Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation was established to raise money and raise awareness about childhood brain tumors.

In addition to supporting research and funding, the foundation has a special mission: ‘Choose Joy’ every day and under all circumstances, just as Melina had hoped.

Last summer, Melina’s ten closest friends from the neighborhood staged their first “The Choose Joy Event” in their front yard as a call to action to find a cure and bring attention to the cancer that took their friend’s life.

This year, ‘Melina’s Joy Team’ knew they had to go bigger – and that’s exactly what they did.

The Canfield Green will be filled on Saturday, August 7 from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm for a day of family activities including raffles, face painting, bouncy castles, photo booths, giveaways and more.

The event will also see visits from therapy dogs, the Canfield Police and Fire Department, and food vendors.

Admission is free and wearing cheetah print is encouraged.

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