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Spooky clean for a good cause

Car wash raises money for brain tumor research

HOWLAND — Through its first Haunted Carwash, Coates Car Care raised $15,193 for the Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation to help fund pediatric brain tumor research.

During the Haunted Car Wash, which ran 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 22 and 23, Coates Car Care donated 100 percent of the money to the Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation. Each car that made a minimum $10 donation got a wash and either a You Pick Two coupon or a cookie from Panera Bread and Covelli Enterprises, which donated 400 of each item.

The Social Studio designed and decorated the car wash, and Angiuli’s Farm Market donated pumpkins, hay and cornstalks.

Michelle Edenfield of Canfield, president of the Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation and mother of Melina, who died last year from an aggressive brain tumor at age 4, thanked the Coates family for “choosing to be all in.”

“Melina led us to the Coates family, a family with whom we had no previous connection, but now a family that went above and beyond for our Melina and our cause,” Edenfield wrote. “Why? Because they are one of the most generous and giving families.”

Coates Car Care in a Facebook post said, “The generosity and support of our community is truly incredible and we are so proud to be a part of it.”

Melina was diagnosed with diffuse midline glioma (DMG), a deadly childhood brain tumor, May 22, 2020.

A month and two days later, despite initial hope from doctors that radiation treatment was working, the tumor took the Canfield girl’s life.

Her parents, Keith and Michelle Edenfield, created the Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation in her memory to help find a cure. All proceeds go directly toward DMG research, the Edenfields said.

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