Community keeps alive spirit of McKenna Schummer on anniversary of her death

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GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (3/6/2019) - Wednesday marked one year since McKenna died of bone cancer, but her mom, Melissa Schummer, spent the day with a smile on her face.

"It's just pure joy," Melissa said. "I see Kenna in every single one of them, you know, when I see kids and it's just been a grateful positive experience that I'm just very thankful we are able to continue to share her legacy. "

At just 11 years old, McKenna lost her two-year battle with bone cancer. But through every treatment and every hard day, Schummer said her daughter stayed positive

"She still had her faith. She still had that strength and she had this beauty about her," Melissa said. "And it just radiated. And I still don't know how she did it. And I go I'm gonna try."

In an effort to continue to spread McKenna's positivity, Melissa Schummer came up with Make a Difference Day. The Facebook page shows random acts of kindness performed throughout Genesee County on Wednesday.

At State Road Elementary in Fenton, where Schummer works, they're celebrating McKenna's love for makeup with makeovers and face-painting. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade created items for the McKenna's Squad Beauty Boxes.

The boxes are currently given to young patients at Hurley Medical Center in Flint and soon will be passed out at hospitals across the country.

"It's more for those kids, because Kenna knew firsthand how it felt to be in that hospital and knew what they needed, wanted, could use a little bit of a smile, a little bit of beauty, a little bit of strength and courage to get you through this," Schummer said.

Fifth graders Sophia and Eliana Carr never got to meet McKenna, but say today she taught them to put others before themselves

"I've seen so many signs from her today that she's very excited for us to be honoring her for Make a Difference," Schummer said.

The nonprofit providing Beauty Boxes can always use the community's help with monetary or makeup donations. They're planning a Beauty Bar Ball this summer.