Marcena Lozano was born on February 7, 1980. Immediately upon her birth it was clear there was something wrong as her beautiful tiny body turned a dusky blue. Within 24 hours she would have the first of many surgeries and procedures necessary to keep her alive. Most notable among them were a heart transplant at age 13 and another at age 23. Her journey molded her into a caring, courageous, determined and fiercely resilient young woman. And with all that, she brought a love for the small moments in life and the ability to find humor in the darkest ones. Marcena’s focus on her future got her through many difficult times. Her dream to become a social worker, helping chronically ill children and adolescents through the complicated challenges they’d face along the way, provided the drive to obtain her degree.
Marcena’s path to fulfill her dream ended on August 31, 2005 but her spirit lives on to touch the lives of others. The Marcena Lozano Donate Life Scholarship Fund is awarded to amazing young adults remaining steadfast in their dreams to give back to a world that has given them new life. How do you thank a donor family or living donor in a more meaningful way than to make the most of the new life you’ve been so lovingly given? Marcena’s dream lives on through these scholarship recipients.
The 6th Annual Elephant Run is the scholarship’s major fund-raising event and will be held at 9:30 am on Mother’s Day May 13th at the Marcy Casino on Delaware Park’s Hoyt Lake. This family event offers a 4 mile run/walk; 1 mile fun run/walk; numerous raffle prizes; races and crafts for young children; Zumba; drum circle; food; music and more! Volunteers and raffle/baked goods donations as well as participants are still needed! For more information about Marcena, the scholarship and this year’s Elephant Run visit marcenasmiracles.com or contact the Lozanos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 836-7045.
Your support is so greatly appreciated! The Elephant Run is a true celebration of life, because an elephant never forgets…