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HOWLAND – With its first haunted car wash, Coates Car Care raised $ 15,193 for the Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation to fund pediatric brain tumor research.

During the Haunted Car Wash, which ran from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 22 and 23, Coates Car Care donated 100% of the money to the Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation. Every car that donated at least $ 10 received a wash and either a You Pick Two coupon or a cookie from Panera Bread and Covelli Enterprises, who donated 400 of each item.

The Social Studio designed and decorated the car wash, and Angiuli Farmer’s Market donated pumpkins, hay and corn stalks.

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

“Melina led us to the Coates family, a family we had no connection with before, 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 generous families.

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

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

A month and two days later, despite doctors’ initial hopes that the radiation therapy was working, the tumor claimed the life of Canfield’s daughter.

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

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