STORIES OF MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR KIDS WITH CANCER
Mac Church Drives to Survive
Mac Church, with Atlantic Coast Mortgage, was first introduced to ASK by Victoria Levi, ASK Mom to Mackenzie.
"It’s overwhelming and frightening trying to decide where to take your child for treatment once a diagnosis has been made," Victoria shares. "Cancer treatment for a child is more than just finding the right surgeon, or the right oncologist, it’s about finding the place where you feel taken care of, respected, loved, and where you know your child is more than a number on a file... ASK took care of Mackenzie and took care of my family."
Hearing Mackenzie's story inspired Mac, and his financial support and countless volunteer hours are now a major driving force behind the success of ASK's Golf Classic Tournament in Fredericksburg since it began in 2013. All together, over $100,000 has been raised through the golf tournament - just this year alone, a record-breaking $55,000 was raised which covers programs like ASK summer enrichment camp - two weeks in Richmond and a week in Fredericksburg, where approximately 30% of ASK's kids and families reside.
"I believe in what the foundation stands for and want to be associated with a charity that ACTUALLY helps people and where the money raised goes back to the children and families," Mac stated.
And, no task is too small or big for Mac. He helps secure raffle packages while raising national awareness for ASK with the help of his brother, Mike Church. Listeners from all over the country tune in as well as open their checkbooks to help our young cancer heroes.
On the day of the tournament though, you'll find Mac manning the putting contest where he greets players and thanks them for their support of ASK.
"The thing that surprised me the most about working/volunteering with ASK is the amount of information I learned about the kids that go through treatment and how they are still affected years after remission," Mac recalls. "It is heartbreaking to hear the stories of the pain and suffering of the kids and families and how the kids deal with a lot of mental and physical disorders from the chemo. The strength that these kids have is simply amazing and inspiring."
Mac loves the challenge of putting on the golf tournament and seeing the community come together to make life better for children with cancer.
"Volunteering and donating makes me feel incredible. Knowing I can give back to the community and help kids and families out is very special to me. I love kids and I hate seeing any child go through pain and suffering. The relationships formed with other volunteers, and working behind the scenes and seeing it all come together is fulfilling and heart-warming and it means the world to me."
It means the world to us, too. Thank you, Mac, for your dedication. You're a hole-in-one on our scorecard.