Loving Luca Foundation (LLF) is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in honor of a sweet boy named Luca! Luca was born with Partial Trisomy 13, which considered a rare genetic disorder, and was later diagnosed with Epilepsy and Autism. Luca is now 6 years old and is doing so many things that doctors weren't sure he would ever be able to do. We hope that Luca can be an inspiration for families that are in similar positions by sharing his story, progress and happy outlook on life!
We are is committed to providing financial support to unique children like Luca and their families. The financial burden of raising a special child can be heavy and LLF hopes to help to assist and to make a positive impact! Loving Luca Foundation promotes the inclusion of all genetically unique children and to help to raise awareness! With understanding comes acceptance and our mission is to help to make the world a more inclusive place. We also hope to use a portion of our proceeds to help to fund research for genetically different children in hopes to helping to find better treatments.
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.
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, she never ever lost her zest and wanted everyone around her to choose joy.
The Melina Michelle Edenfield foundation was established in her memory to help find a cure for this terrible disease. All proceeds go directly toward research. (Please follow the family's journey through their Facebook page here: The Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation).
Project MKC is a nonprofit organization that believes every child deserves to feel special, regardless of their circumstances.
The organization provides programs to local families in need including: a diaper bank where over 60,000 diapers are distributed each month, Comfort Kits for children being removed from their home and placed into foster care, Hope Totes for children undergoing chemotherapy, a Summer Food Program, providing new winter boots and socks for 1,000 local area students every fall, and so much more!
Project MKC is celebrating their 10 year anniversary this July (establish in July 2010) and you can learn more about the organization by clicking here!