I'm Ally's Pal

For: Ally Hennessey
Saline, MI
Organizer: Karen Derksen
I'm Ally's Pal (Ally Hennessey)
of $12,000 goal
81% Complete
Raised by 124 donors

The Story

Ally Hennessey is an eight year old girl and has been a part of the Saline community since 2015. She is currently a third grader at Woodland Meadows Elementary School and enjoys art, music, writing and fractions. Many people throughout the area know Ally from her efforts last summer to raise money and awareness through her Alex’s Lemonade Stand that raised over $4500 for childhood cancer research.

Ally has been battling a brain tumor since 2011 and has been on five chemotherapy protocols consisting of seven different drugs. Ally had a brief break from chemo from August of 2014 - January of 2016 until she had a recurrence. At that time, her family found that her options for an effective chemotherapy were more limited but she was allowed to start Mekinist (a melanoma drug) off label. The treatment timeline for this was two years. Ally has had some success on Mekinist but has also continued to lose vision (since her tumor rests on her optic nerve) and has had some stable scans and some scan with disease progression.

As her family looks ahead, they are exploring what other treatment options exist including upcoming clinical trials that have openings and show promise to stop her tumor, restore her vision or hopefully provide a cure. Ally is currently treated at Mott, St. Louis Children’s and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. They have also been in touch with St. Jude’s but there are currently no studies there that are open that she is eligible for. As new therapies are developed, they are hoping to find ways to provide Ally with the most effective treatment options.

We want to help them raise funds so Ally has more options if a drug trial opens outside of our area that provides promise to stop her tumor, provide a cure or restore her vision. There aren't a lot of options for childhood cancer treatment so I want to help them afford any treatment option.

We also welcome everyone to follow Ally on her Facebook page "Ally's Pals"

Any questions please contact Karen Derksen at [email protected]

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 31, 2017

Posted on May 31, 2017

Follow Ally's Story on her Facebook page "Ally's pal" 

Posted on May 31, 2017

Posted on May 31, 2017

Come out this weekend and support Ally!
There is something for everyone!

Friday night- June 2nd
Emily Stout Petrous is throwing a fundraiser
for Ally at 6:30pm at RydeOn studio in Saline.
$25 suggested donation at the door.
You do not need to be an experienced rider!
Space is limited and seats are filling as we speak. Please see link below:
Please help me fill this class!

Saturday Dans Downtown Tavern in Saline
is offering 20% of your food and drink purchase
back to Ally so please join us anytime from
11am-midnight. Stop in and enjoy some great
food and give back to Ally at the same time!

Saturday from 11am-3pm join us at the
Saline Middle School for 🍋Ally's Lemonade
Stand.🍋Ally will hopefully be stopping by
about 1pm. We will have lemonade and Ally's
Pals bracelets for sale.

If you can't make it to an event but would like
to donate directly to her, please visit the link

If you would like to purchase a shirt you can
order here. The shirt will be mailed directly to


❤️ Thanks for your love and support!
We hope to see you this weekend! ❤️

Posted on May 25, 2017


Posted on May 25, 2017

Today is THE Day! THE Day in which we have been praying for, the day a team of Doctors will meet in Boston and decide if they will treat Ally.
So Today please pray that they choose Ally and that they choose a treatment that could save Ally's vision or better yet find a cure!
Ally needs this! Please send up a prayer and/or positive thought ❤️

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