By SARAH LEWIS, Editor-in-Chief

In 2012, 13-year-old Maddie Pawelczyk of Woodhaven was diagnosed with ALL T Cell Leukemia. Within the year, she was in remission, but at the beginning of this summer her cancer returned, and she lost her battle to the disease.

Courtney Ford, University of Michigan-Dearborn student and Vice President of Finances for the American Marketing Association (AMA), was well acquainted with the Pawelczyk family and decided that the marketing organization could help the family memorialize their loss through a fundraiser named Maddie’s Hope that was held on August 17.

AMA’s event raised over $8,000 through ticket sales, donations, and sales from over 50 raffle items.

The proceeds from Maddie’s Hope will go towards a memorial scholarship of $10,000 that will be for Woodhaven High School’s Class of 2017, which would have been Pawelczyk’s graduating class, according to Ford.

“The Pawelczyk family as well as the AMA are so excited to be able to honor Maddie this way and keep her memory alive,” Ford said.

According to Ford, AMA has never hosted such a large-scale event before, and the group’s expectations were surpassed.

“Planning an event like this really gave us a chance to bond more as an executive board while doing something extraordinary for such an amazing young girl,” Ford said.