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She Did It, And So Much More!

MacKenzie Schors and her family know all too well how important it is to have a level III neonatal intensive care unit nearby. The 14-year old from East Machias spent 100 days in the NICU after she was born three months early. Those 100 days were full of emotion for her parents, who were also raising their then-five-year old son. 

The team in the NICU became extended family. Her mom vividly remembers receiving pictures of MacKenzie dressed in a Christmas dress, and then there was the time that the Schors received a special care package in the mail from their newborn daughter. Its these little touches that left a lasting impression, and they’re one of the reasons MacKenzie is committed to paying it forward.

Through the years, she has hosted a variety of fundraisers to support the NICU. In August 2015, MacKenzie hosted a lemonade stand to help raise money to open the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She also creates special holiday care packages for moms who are spending Christmas in the NICU with their baby. Her passion for paying it forward is one of the reasons MacKenzie was asked to be our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ program’s 2020 ambassador. Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is one of two Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Maine, and MacKenzie is spending some of her summer sharing her story virtually with local partners, like Walmart and Marriott. All of the funds raised in eastern and northern Maine stay local to make sure our team has the life-saving treatments, specialized medical equipment, and advanced training to provide the very best care to Maine kids and their families.

Realizing how important these funds are to hospitals, like Eastern Maine Medical Center, MacKenzie created her own fundraiser, MacKenzie’s Miles for Miracles. Similar to Champion the Cure Challenge, she committed to ride her bike ten miles along the Downeast Sunrise Trail, and she reached out to her family, friends, and the Downeast community to support her efforts. MacKenzie’s initial goal was to raise $200. By August 1 when she and her friends took to the trail in hot pink, she had raised close to $5,000.

We’re truly grateful for MacKenzie’s support!