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Rock-a-Thon benefits girl with cancer

April 25, 2006

King's Kids, a church youth group in western Frederick County, hosted a Rock-a-Thon on April 7 for the benefit of MacKenzie Stuck, an 8-year-old Mount Airy, Md., girl with brain cancer.

King's Kids, a group at Garfield (Md.) United Methodist Church, learned of MacKenzie's brain surgery and therapy through a newspaper story.

They made support for MacKenzie the focus of their second Rock-a-Thon fundraiser.

MacKenzie attended the event with her parents, Sue and Steve Stuck.

Jeannette Kuhn of Smithsburg said to be in the presence of MacKenzie is truly to be "touched by an angel."

MacKenzie lost her hair from chemotherapy, but her smile captured everyone and her eyes were bright with enthusiasm, Kuhn said.

"Her beauty comes from her heart, and she was a witness of courage and grace to all," Kuhn said.

Pastor Randy Reid led the group in a prayer for healing and strength for MacKenzie and her family.

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King's Kids and friends kept rocking chairs in motion, rocking in shifts to earn the money pledged to provide continued therapy for MacKenzie. Not all expenses for her treatments are covered by insurance.

Funds raised during the evening totaled $2,125.

Kuhn said other churches participated and contributed generously to the fundraiser. Groups from the Catoctin Furnace United Methodist Church and from Thurmont contributed and joined in the activities. Kids attended from Wolfsville, Myersville, Smithsburg, Thurmont, Catoctin Furnace, Middletown and Waynesboro, Pa., to participate in the Rock-a-Thon.

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