Regina I. Jakacki, MD
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Friends of Melana
The Friends of Melana Foundation was established in Garrettsville, Ohio, in honor and memory of Melana Matson, who lost her battle with children's glioma cancer in 2009 at the age of 9. Our hope is that no child, no family, no community will ever have to experience what Melana did again.
FOM sponsors an annual 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run during the Garrettsville Summerfest and other fund-raisers to support much-needed research leading to a cure for glioma cancer. To date, FOM has raised over $100,000 in funding for children's glioma cancer research.
In 2011, Friend's of Melana joined forces with their parent foundation, Prayers From Maria Children's Glioma Cancer Foundation. In recognition and appreciation for Friends of Melana's contributions, the Children's Glioma Cancer Foundation named one of the grants The Melana Matson Memorial Grant, the first grant awarded in honor of a stricken child.