After hearing the story of MacKenzy McCarty, a young McGehee girl battling cancer, Sarah Pennington wanted to raise awareness of MacKenzy’s fight against Metastatic Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma. She also wanted to raise money to help MacKenzy’s family with medical costs and associated expenses.

As her senior project at Drew Central High School, Pennington created, organized and held Crowns for Cancer, a pageant to raise both awareness and money. She raised more than $2,700 for MacKenzy and is raising awareness of the 12-year-old girl’s fight against the disease.

The following information about MacKenzy’s battle with cancer was provided by her supporters:

In September 2018, MacKenzy was diagnosed with strep throat. After a second round of antibiotics the strep was gone but she had swollen lymph nodes in her neck. She was given more medication and was referred to a specialist. In December 2018, she was diagnosed with Metastatic Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma. Her neck and lungs “were full of cancer.”

In late December 2018, MacKenzy underwent an extensive and difficult surgery, followed in February 2019 by radioactive iodine treatment, isolation, and dieting. MacKenzy was a real trooper, smiling despite her pain and sickness.

However, a subsequent scan showed that the cancer had further metastasized. In late August 2019, MacKenzy again underwent radioactive iodine treatment but she didn’t respond to the treatment. Her physician, in November 2019, said it was the only treatment option for her at this time and since she didn’t respond to the two previous treatments, there was no need to repeat it at this time.

She was scheduled for more in depth scans on February 11 to determine if the cancer had spread or if it has remained the same. MacKenzy has a long and very difficult road ahead of her. Her supporters ask for prayers.