WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — They walk to remember, to comfort each other, and most importantly, they walk for hope.
Their hope is that through fundraising and research, brain tumors will no longer devastate families. And there certainly was a reason to be hopeful at Rhode Island’s second annual National Brain Tumor Society “Brain Tumor Walk” at Goddard State Memorial Park on Sunday.
“It’s amazing. You can’t explain that. It’s a really big moment. I like to pretend like we were part of that. The money we raised, helped save her,” Meredith Lindberg said.
Lindberg and her family started the walk for their daughter, Makayla, who is living with a brain tumor.
“Only thing a mom can do is fight back the only way we know how and that’s to fight to find a cure, money for research, and just do everything we can,” she said.
Makayla was the first child featured in Eyewitness News anchor Shannon Hegy’s Small but Strong series last year.
Shannon emceed Sunday’s ceremony before walking in it with her own family, the Lindbergs, and five hundred others.
Eyewitness News traffic reporter Melissa Sardelli also walked in support of the Lindberg family.
Gorgeous day for the 2nd Annual #RIBrainTumorWalk ! Can’t believe it’s been one year since our very first #SmallbutStrong featuring little Makayla Lindberg, whose parents started this walk 😊 @wpri12 pic.twitter.com/yCNBOCGaaM— Shannon Hegy (@ShannonHegy) April 14, 2019
Recently, the Lindbergs received some of the hope they wanted the walk to bring.
“We were told that it was inoperable, and with research and money like this raised, they will be able to go in and get the tumor out. It’s still not safe at this point for her, but we will be able to do that,” Lindberg said.
Lindberg said the $30,000 raised this year for the National Brain Tumor Society, will help other families like them in the future.
Learn more about the National Brain Tumor Society and how to donate on their website.