2012 August Hero of the Month

Makenna Ward, 5

of Houlton was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma. After 1 ½ years of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, multiple surgeries and two bone marrow transplants Makenna went into remission. News, Elizabeth Wipperman, Makenna’s aunt called “ever so sweet.” But the good news was not to last. In March of 2012 Makenna’s disease made its unwanted appearance and Makenna was once again fighting for her life.
When asked why Makenna should be nominated for the August hero of the month Elizabeth noted, “No child should ever have to deal with these tests and trials but my niece has and with a fighting spirit. I admire the strength and tenacity shown through all of this by Makenna and her family. This family is a true example of love and heroism.”
It is with great loss that we acknowledge the passing of Makenna in December of 2013.