FLINT (WJRT) - (01/18/19) - Even after her untimely death, a Grand Blanc 11-year-old is showing cancer doesn't have to win. That's because her passion to make other sick children feel good about themselves is alive and well through a beauty initiative that's sprouting up in Michigan hospitals.
Hurley Children's Hospital is the latest to be graced with McKenna Schummer's vision.
After opening McKenna's Squad Beauty Bar at Detroit Children's Hospital, McKenna's mom and founder of the organization, teamed up with Hurley to offer beauty boxes for its patients.
"I just know that she loved spreading her passion, her kindness to everybody. It means a lot that we are helping our local families around this area," Schummer said.
McKenna's former classmate and friend, Lauren Stansburry, was the first to receive a beauty box. It was given to her by McKenna's sister, Hannah, at a press conference Friday.
"I don't know how to describe it but just like heartwarming," Stansburry said.
Stansburry is a survivor of stage four kidney cancer. She's learned a lot from McKenna, who faced her own battle with Osteosarcoma.
"McKenna said to me - stay - look to the positive. Whatever comes your way, look to the positive," Stansburry said.
The beauty boxes are for boys and girls. Each box is unique with items ranging from makeup to clothing and books. All of the items are donated.
Melissa Schummer says they are currently accepting donations and plan to expand to other hospitals. You'll also see the boxes on sale inside some hospital gift shops.
For more information and to learn more about donating to McKenna's Squad Beauty Bar visit this website.