Magic of Life to discontinue services, announces grant disbursements to local non-proit organizations

Magic of Life Inc. (MOL), an Atlanta-based non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and supporting cancer survivors, announced today that it plans discontinue its services.

Through its nearly ten year existence, MOL dedicated nearly 98 percent of its community and business-based funding into activities which directly benefitted cancer survivors and their families. During its tenure, Magic of Life sponsored nearly 100 trained volunteers to accompany cancer treatment patients during therapy, hosted a robust educational website, developed user-friendly cancer patient and family health care guides, and coordinated hundreds of volunteers who assisted in fundraising and advocacy events. The all-volunteer Board of Directors, which had each been touched by cancer, gave hundreds of hours of time and expertise to further the organization’s mission.

With its remaining funds, MOL has decided to award grants to other Atlanta-based non-profits in order to further and maximize its impact on the community.

Board president Karen Wheel-Carter said MOL fulfilled its mission.

"For many years, MOL organized joyous celebrations for cancer survivors," she said. "We are proud to have introduced this important concept to the Atlanta area, and even prouder that others have stepped up and will continue taking a day to honor the magic of life for cancer survivors and their loved ones."

Wheel-Carter commended local hospitals and non-profit agencies that have recently begun planning celebration events for their patients.

Dr. Wendy Hawke Lenz, founder of Magic of Life concurred.

"I will never forget the smiles that our events produced," she said. "Non-profits everywhere are facing a new landscape where funding is limited and the digital realm makes it tempting to rely on online interactions with constituents. We are very proud of our commitment to producing live events for cancer survivors so that they could interact with each other, share stories, and celebrate with their friends and families in the real world!"

Through the years, MOL celebrated tens of thousands of cancer survivors with events at Turner Field, Stone Mountain Park, Gwinnett Arena, and the Atlanta Zoo.

Among the local non-profits receiving grants from MOL are Poverty is Real, Inc., Hi Hope Service Center, Inc., and Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, Inc.