Sendik's helps MACC Fund save children's lives
Carole Meekins reports Video by tmj4.comvideo
MILWAUKEE- Customers at the Balistreri owned Sendik's stores are helping save lives.
That's because during the last holiday season, they showed support for the MACC fund by helping to raise a record amount to fight childhood cancer. TODAY'S TMJ4 stopped by the Mequon Sendik's for the update.
Balistreri Sendik's handed over a check for $107,300 to the MACC Fund. Much of that money came from the sale of the TODAY'S TMJ4 MACC Stars.
Balistreri Sendik's sold 2,543 ornaments. The MACC Star was designed by 10 year old Jack Bartosz of Hartland. He's battling a rare form of neuroblastoma. Sendik's co-owner Margaret Harris notes, "As we continue to do work with the MACC Fund, you see really big changes in mortality rates."
MACC Fund Executive Director John Cary agrees, saying such generosity goes a long way. He adds, "The support is incredible. The dollars are great. A lot of people don't realize the awareness that's raised. Think of the hundreds of thousands of people that come through the Balistreri Sendik's stores and see the MACC fund for 3 months. That's an incredible gift that keeps on giving!"
Money raised from the MACC Fund goes to research done at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children's Hospital, and UW Madison. Cary exclaims, "The important thing with research it doesn't stop with county or state lines. It's a national affect. The quality of that research impacts kids all over the world."
Harris says her employees are also committed to the cause. She says, "They got really behind the idea because what don't you love about making a difference not only in the child's life, but in the family's life as well. It became a mission for all our Sendik's associates!"