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
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
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.