April 20, 2013

Frog sorority grants toddler a special day on TCU campus

The event was organized by the local Make-A-Wish chapter.

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FORT WORTH -- Little Scarlett MacDonald probably wasn't aware that Saturday marked a milestone in the life of the 21/2-year old from Plano.

She was too busy enjoying a cool, sunny day at TCU, which concluded with 21 Make-A-Wish kids and their families attending the Frogs' baseball game with Baylor at Lupton Stadium.

On April 20, 2012, Scarlett underwent major surgery to remove a tumor from her head. Her parents, David and Rachelle MacDonald, celebrated the anniversary along with Scarlett's older sister, Norah, and baby sister, Iris.

Scarlett was born with Langerhans cell histiocytosis, a rare and incurable disease that can attack organs and bones. She's 40 weeks into a 52-week round of chemotherapy.

"So this is a one-year hurrah for us that she's doing as good as she is," Rachelle MacDonald said. "She's in remission right now. Hopefully, she'll stay in full remission when she finishes chemo, but she'll have to be followed the rest of her life."

On Saturday, she was the guest of Chi Omega sorority and TCU associate athletic director Jack Hesselbrock. The sorority partners nationally with Make-A-Wish and helped set up the day of fun.

"I felt so lucky that the TCU community was able to come together to make this really great day for them and see the smiles on their faces was just so meaningful," said Zoe Butts, a TCU junior and Chi Omega secretary.

The kids got to tour athletic facilities, including Amon G. Carter Stadium and the weight room.

They met TCU men's basketball players at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and got to run inside the Sammy Baugh Indoor Practice Facility.

Before Saturday's baseball game, the sorority donated $3,160 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas. "The Chi Omegas are a special group of ladies," Hesselbrock said.

Stefan Stevenson,


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