|Makenna, center, via Perfect Attendant. Hunter Kqira holding the check with the rest of the Massi family|
Makenna Massi attended the annual Middle School student/faculty basketball on Friday, February 9 via the "Perfect Attendant" telepresence robot from her hospital room at CHOP. The game raised over $2,000 and featured hundreds of people wearing orange (for leukemia awareness) Fight On Makenna t-shirts designed by 7th grade Makenna Massi’s classmate, Hunter Kqira. The t-shirt sales and donations raised over $6,400 for the American Cancer Society to fund groundbreaking research, crucial patient care programs, and cancer education and prevention information.
The Perfect Attendant technology gives Makenna the ability to be fully supported by her school, teachers, and peers. Prior to the faculty/student basketball game, Hunter Kqira presented a check to the Relay for Life organization with Makenna’s family gathered around Makenna via the Perfect Attendant. Her father, Rich Massi, faced Makenna and repeated what he says he tells her all the time, “Makenna, you are the strongest person I know.” The entire crowd cheered, “Fight on, Makenna!”
|MS Varsity Singers proudly sing the National Anthem|