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Spanish Club at James B. Hunt High School Spreads “MCSpirit!”

Monica Sullivan

Monica Sullivan

President of the Spanish Club at Hunt High School, Monica Sullivan, has plans to have close to 100 books delivered to the Mary Claire Satterly Playroom in the Lineberger Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill. The Spanish Club had a recent fund raiser at a local Chick-fil-a establishment that raised money to help buy the books for the children to read and enjoy. The books donated are a combination of both English and Spanish for all patients to enjoy. Across the State of North Carolina, almost 20% of the children treated in the clinic are Hispanic, many of which will be visiting the Playroom.

The Mary Claire Satterly Foundation proudly supports and thanks Hunt High School’s Spanish Club and Monica Sullivan for helping spread “MCSpirit!”

Get Your Running Shoes Ready, and Your “MCSpirit!” to Support This Wonderful Cause!!!

Please save the date September 14, 2013 for the 4th annual “Get Heeled 5K Run” on September 14, 2013 in Chapel Hill, which will be sponsored by the Mary Claire Satterly Foundation and other organizations which together support pediatric cancer.

The “Get Heeled 5K Run” is organized by The Pink Pacers, which is a group of women, men and children in the Research Triangle Park who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of families affected by cancer in their local communities. The previous three “Get Heeled 5K” races have aggregately raised over $100,000 to support cancer initiatives. All of the race proceeds go to the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center, and are specifically directed to the Pediatric Oncology Department. This year, Mary Claire Satterly’s energetic and spirited enthusiasm will be especially remembered at the race’s celebration zone and awareness table named in her honor. Runners will pass the lively “MCSpirit- Zone” for any extra encouragement they may need to cross the finish line. A Mary Claire Satterly Foundation awareness table will also be set up where the runners are gathered before and after the race to share the Foundation’s mission, accomplishments and volunteer opportunities.

You can go to GetHeeled5K.com to register and learn more about the event.

For more about the Mary Claire Satterly Foundation, please visit MCspirit.org. The Mary Claire Satterly Foundation provides support for charitable organizations and individuals with a focus on finding a cure for leukemia and improving the quality of life for patients and their families.

Foundation Continues to Support “MCSpirit!” Art Therapy Program

The Mary Claire Satterly Foundation recently made a donation of $10,000 to continue its support of the Art Therapy program, which the Foundation founded in 2010. This art program takes place in the Mary Claire Satterly playroom , and has provided invaluable interactions between a trained therapist (using iPads) and the pediatric cancer patients.

Olivia Ingram Wins the 2013 “MCSpirit!” Scholarship

Olivia Ingram

Olivia Ingram

Olivia Ingram, a Hunt High School senior, was awarded the 2013 “MCSpirit!” Senior Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Olivia captured “MCSpirit!” in many ways, including initiating a club at Hunt High School to promote the Foundation’s mission and awareness.


Olivia plans to attend Mary Claire’s alma mater UNC-CH for her undergraduate studies and to major in Chemistry. She hopes to someday perform medical research that will find a cure for not only Mary Claire’s form of leukemia, but other forms of cancer as well. She also plans to become a volunteer in the Mary Claire Satterly Playroom during her time in Chapel Hill. Mary Claire’s story inspired Oliva’s essay which she submitted in her UNC-CH application.

“MCSpirit!” Shines at Birthday Parties

Audrey Revoir - Avery Hirsch

Audrey Revoir - Avery Hirsch

Audrey Grace Revoir and Avery Hannah Hirsch recently celebrated their first and sixth and birthdays in Upper Saddle River, NJ. Their families asked guests to bring books in English and Spanish for the children at the UNC Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC. These books will be used and enjoyed in the Mary Claire Satterly Pediatric Playroom.


For information on organizing similar donation, please contact us.

Anna Batts Wins 2012 “MC Spirit!” Scholarship

Anna Batts Wins 2012 “MC Spirit!” Scholarship

The Wilson Daily Times (Wilson, NC)

Anna Batts, a Hunt High School senior, was awarded the third annual MC
Spirit Scholarship for $1,000. When the Mary Claire Satterly Foundation
was created in 2008 after Satterly’s death from leukemia at age 27, its
first goal was to establish the Mary Claire Satterly Pediatric Playroom in
the new UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill. Since
then the Foundation has created and sustained an art therapy program for
the patients as well as making it possible to launch some wonderful new
support programs for siblings and families of cancer patients at the
clinic. The Foundation has also awarded a research grant to a young
scientist who is working on a cure for AML leukemia. Another initial goal
was to establish the MC Spirit Scholarship in recognition of Satterly’s
accomplishments in journalism and advertising, her love for the arts, her
zest for life and her concern for others.

Anna will be studying gerontology at Barton College this fall as well as
art. She plans to pursue a degree in occupational therapy in graduate
school. In her senior project at Hunt, she used art therapy with special
needs children. In her application, Anna stated that she “wants to live a
life full of art and service to others.” “Anna was truly a perfect fit for
the MC Spirit Scholarship,” said Mary Claire’s mother, Joan Satterly. Anna
is the daughter of Reggie and Lisa Batts of Wilson.

Brother & Sister Team Spread MCSpirit! Through Annual Holiday Sale

Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale Raises $1,066.00 for the Mary Claire Satterly Foundation

Caroline (9) and Jackson Stone (10), daughter and son of Dr. Russell and Lisa Stone of Wilson, NC held an Arts and Craft Holiday Sale at their home on December 21, 2010. They made Christmas ornaments and decorations and many delicious baked goods. They donated $1,066.00 to the Mary Claire Satterly Foundation. After talking with Dr. Gold, head of Pediatric Oncology, it was decided to donate this money directly to the Art Therapy Program which the Foundation established with a $25,000.00 grant this fall in the Mary Claire Satterly Pediatric Playroom. Continue reading →

MCSF Recognized in Journal of Clinical Oncology

In the December 2010 edition of the Journal of Clinical Oncology (the leading Oncology journal read by scientists and clinicians), Dr. Ho, recipient of our Mary Claire Satterly research grant cited the Foundation as a source of support. Continue reading →

MCSpirit! Scholarship

Katy Purinai

Katy Purinai

Katy Purinai of Greenfield School Receives First “MCSpirit!” Scholarship

In recognition of Mary Claire’s accomplishments and love for the arts, The Mary Claire Satterly Foundation has established a $1,000.00 scholarship for a graduating senior from any Wilson County High School who will be attending a four-year accredited college or university.  Like Mary Claire, the recipient of the “MCSpirit!” Scholarship should demonstrate a zest for life, a concern for others, and plan to major in liberal arts, communications, or advertising. The Foundation is proud to announce that the first recipient of the “MCSpirit” Scholarship in 2010 was Katy Purinai. Katie graduated from Greenfield school and is now attending North Carolina State’s School of Design. Continue reading →

In Lieu of Gifts

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