LOUISVILLE, Ky. — To help raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research, one Mt. Washington family has started their own non-profit organization in memory of their baby girl.
Leah Pratt and her daughter, Macy Pratt, launched Charley’s Rainbow in memory of Macy's daughter, Charley Quarles. Charley died on Sept. 6, 2021, at just 13 months old, after a battle with neuroblastoma.
"She's so much more than a statistic or another number, and I just want people to remember Charley as the Charley we all fell in love with," Macy said.
While the foundation's Facebook page has been around for months, Friday night marked their official launch. They hosted a fundraiser called Charley’s Cure Fest, culminating in a concert at WesBanco Amphitheater.
The non-profit raised almost $27,000 from this fundraiser according to the family.
"No matter what Charley faced, no matter what she went through, no matter what kind of day she was having -- she always smiled," Leah said. "So, people took that as, 'if that baby that's fighting for her life can smile through the darkest time of her life, I need to do the same.'"
Nappy Roots headlined and Josh Logan performed as a special guest. The family said it hopes the fundraiser becomes an annual event to continue their mission.
The non-profit also wants to provide financial assistance to families with kids who are receiving cancer treatment.
To donate to Charley's Rainbow, visit their website here.
September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness month.
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