Sometimes a decision really moves you. This decision has certainly moved us in many ways. We’ve been approached a few times about this amazing young lady. Our 2021 Adopted Fighter is Molly Oldham. Meet Molly...
On August 15th, 2019, Molly Oldham was supposed to move to the University of North Carolina-Greensboro to join five other students in a highly selective musical theater program. Instead, tragically earlier that month, a tennis-ball sized tumor was found and she was diagnosed with Stage 3 anaplastic ependymoma, a rare brain cancer affecting 300 people a year nationwide. Molly underwent an 8-hour brain surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital, 33 rounds of proton radiation at University Hospitals in Cleveland and months of daily intense physical therapy. Through it all, the 2018 Revere High School graduate always kept a positive attitude. An hour after surgery, she woke up singing Ben Platt’s “Ease Your Mind” and has depended on music throughout her recovery.
When she was told that only 4 percent of all national government cancer funding goes towards pediatric cancer research, Molly decided to use her voice as a pediatric cancer advocate. Molly decided she would share her experiences and be as transparent and raw as she could. The entire family has shared the good, bad and ugly through their Instagram and Facebook pages and the #themightymolly Facebook page and www.Mollyoldham.com. Molly and her family have raised funds for local and national organizations throughout the recovery. Molly made her television debut in an episode of "Random Acts," where the show hosts surprised Molly by arranging for her to sing “For Good” from Wicked with Broadway star Shoshanna Bean. Molly's episode, "Wicked Surprise," can be seen at www.byutv.org/randomacts.
In December, Molly also became a professional recording artist with her first single, "Mighty in Me," which can be heard on the radio and streaming music sites. She recorded the song through the program Cancer Can Rock! Molly co-wrote the song, wanting it to be an anthem for others going through something hard.
But alas...Heartbreak...in January 2021, about 18 months since her first diagnosis, Molly relapsed and the cancer was back. She underwent successful surgery at Duke and when she woke up, and imagine it...this time she sang her “Mighty in Me” song.
The 19-year-old just completed intense radiation and will be undergoing chemo treatments while still taking college classes and continuing to fight the battle. Receiving the news that she’s been selected as our 2021 Adopted Fighter has been an uplift as she fights the tears each time she combs her hair and more clumps fall out.
Remember Molly Oldham’s name. You’ll fall in love with her infectious personality, like so many others, and someday when she’s on Broadway, you can say: “I know her!”
Molly will receive one-third of the 2021 campaign proceeds including our signature event, the “Reboot” of the 5th Annual Celebration of the Four Leaf Clover Run this June 12th, the 4th Annual Four Leaf Clover Golf Outing in September and all the other fundraisers throughout the 2021 campaign year along with our other two charity partners, Project Ed Bear and the Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation.
Our 2020 adopted fighter was Alayna Bretsik. Alayna was an amazing and precious 3 year old who we lost in 2020. Her story is heartbreaking but her fight was as inspiring as her smile infectious. We were introduced to Alayna through our charity partners, Project Ed Bear. Alayna was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma Stage 4 high risk cancer at age 2 on February 18, 2019.
Alayna's family received one-third of the 2020 campaign proceeds from the 3rd Annual Four Leaf Clover Golf Outing in September and all the other fundraisers throughout the year along with our other two charity partners, Project Ed Bear and the Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation.
the 2019 Four Leaf Clover Run campaign is Jackson Kunze. Jackson became a buddy of the Four Leaf Clover Run as soon as we were captivated with his story and infectious smile. He was the star of our Inaugural Four Leaf Clover Golf Outing last September. Jackson is an amazing fighter.
Jackson, a Cuyahoga Falls resident, had his first battle as a very young child and beat all the odds and cancer too. He had seemingly all the right things going for him the last couple years but his mom, Heather, was concerned recently about some pain he was having. They decided to check it out and have spent the last couple weeks in Columbus. Unfortunately, the cancer was back. After surgery to remove a mass, many tests and treatment, our little buddy still has quite the uphill battle and much more treatment in the coming months. It’s heartbreaking and our thoughts, prayers and hearts go out to Jackson, Heather, his brother Logan and dad. We want to do everything we can to make a difference.
Jackson and Heather will receive one-third of the 2019 campaign proceeds including our signature event, the 4th Annual Four Leaf Clover Run this June 8th, the 2nd Annual Four Leaf Clover Golf Outing in September and all the other fundraisers throughout the year along with our other two charity partners, Project Ed Bear and the Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation.
To kick this fantastic announcement off, though, we are going to pledge 100% of the FB donations we receive over the next week directly to Jackson and Heather. Just hit the link below and please find it in your heart to step up for this adorable 6 year old who’s been through so much. We love you Jackson and the Four Leaf Clover Run is going to battle for you!!
Hello to all our Four Leaf Clover Run Family. Tonight was very special. Tonight we adopted Justin Sears, an 18 year old senior from Stow High School as our special fighter for the 3rd Annual Four Leaf Clover Run Saturday, June 9th. Justin will receive one-third of the proceeds from this years event. We are so excited. Justin is a fighter who has an amazingly strong positive outlook through all the obstacles he’s faced in life. He’s a wrestler. He’s tough. He’s a natural to receive all the support we can give him.
Imagine your 18 years old and it’s December in your senior year in high school. The only thing on your mind should be girls, cars, wrestling and all that amazing life ahead. You wanna be a marine, study criminal justice and go head first into life. But wait....there’s another obstacle....you’ve got cancer. Justin, after many bouts with pneumonia and asthma, was finally diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer, Carcinoid Syndrome. But Justin didn’t take this news sitting down. He’s a fighter.
He has major surgery facing him sometime in March. But that can wait because he has a wrestling season to finish. He got clearance to do so from his doctors. And he’s tearing it up on the mats. This is one amazing young man. To put it in Justin’s words, “I’ve kind of had a rough life, moved around to a lot of school districts while staying at Stow High, I’ve been poor and with everything I’ve been through this isn’t all that bad”. His resilience is off the charts. “When I’ve gone through the rough times before that was just the way things were. I had no luxury to complain. It made me who I am. This is just another setback that I’m sure I’ll get through. He’s completely inspirational.
You're 17 years old. You've just started your senior year at Tallmadge High School. You just got a new car. Your whole life is ahead of you. But wait.....guess what? You've got cancer. Meet Cameron Fortney. Cameron was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia, a very rare form of cancer. The good news? It's treatable. He's got a good prognosis. The bad news? The bills are piling up. 5,000 for every treatment. He gets 5 treatments a week. Insurance only pays for so much. Deductibles are huge and they add up.
The Four Leaf Clover Run has adopted Cameron as their special fighter for our 2017 event. One third of all the proceeds will go towards Cameron's bills and needs. We want him to keep his car and be able to experience what a senior in high school should experience. Life! We challenge all of the Tallmadge and Akron communities to throw their support behind our efforts to help Cameron and his wonderful parents Shannon and Mike. No 17 year old deserves this devastating news three weeks into their senior year of high school. Start a fundraising page today. It's easy to do. Join us and run/walk our amazing race on the brickroads of Akron. Donate now. Be a part of the "must do" short distance race in Akron with the "best post race party". It's a celebration of helping others.