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The Makenna Foundation was established in September 2001 in memory of Makenna Lee David, who died of a rare lung disease in 1998.  The goal of the foundation is to raise funds to help make the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital a benchmark of children's hospitals by providing
necessary equipment and assist in hospital expansion.

Makenna Lee David was born on April 4, 1997 to Sheila and Greg David in Lexington, Kentucky. Makenna was a wonderful child, full of life, love and energy.  She enjoyed playing with her sister and brother, Kelli and Dayne and brought joy to everyone.

In December 1997, Makenna suffered a series of strokes and spent several weeks in the hospital. The prognosis was not good.  Medical experts from across the United States informed Sheila and Greg that Makenna would likely not survive and if she did, she would never be able to care for herself.

However, Makenna proved them wrong!  She made a miraculous recovery, stunning the experts and was back home with her family the Saturday before her first Christmas.

In August, 1998 Makenna began experiencing breathing difficulties. In early November, in search of a diagnosis, Makenna and her parents traveled to Houston.  While a patient at Texas Children's Hospital, Makenna visited a three dimensional wall that proved to be a welcome distraction for the
children.  Makenna found the wall's brightly covered tiles captivating and fell in love with them.

After returning home, in late November, Makenna was diagnosed with Pulmonary Veno Occlusion, a rare lung disorder. Of the 125 patients known worldwide, all were fatal.  On December 4, 1998, God welcomed this angel in heaven.

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Remembering Makenna's love for the tile wall in Texas, Sheila was inspired to pursue the dream of building a similar wall in Makenna's memory at the University of Kentucky's Children's Hospital. The dream will become a reality on August 1, 2003 when the was is unveiled (see Upcoming
Events - Wall Unveiling
).

The foundation has raised funds to purchase a child-size bronchoscope and is currently raising funds earmarked for the construction of a sedation room for the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital.

The memory of Makenna David will live on through the efforts of this foundations in it's efforts to give hope, joy, and courage to the Children and families served by the UK Children's Hospital.

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Last modified: June 16, 2003