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A family dealing with the murder of a child is working to help others cope with similar tragedies.
The Madison Ann Cundiff Foundation on Saturday is hosting the first ever Madi’s Legacy: Ride for the Innocent Poker Run, an event that the foundation board and the Cundiff family plan to make an annual affair.
The foundation was created in memory of Madi Cundiff, who died more than six years ago from shaken impact syndrome when she was 22 months old. Madi’s father’s girlfriend, Sarah Elizabeth Taylor, of Elizabethtown, was sentenced to five years in jail for reckless homicide, and she was released in September.
The foundation’s mission is to financially assist other families who have endured the murder of a child and to bring awareness to the issue of child abuse.
Nancy Joyce is a board member for the foundation, and she thought of the idea to have a poker run to raise money for the foundation’s efforts. Sign-ups for the event is from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday and the starting location is Boondocks in Vine Grove. This also is where the ride will end.
Joyce said she felt the fundraiser needed “something that was going to be a huge draw,” and because she rides motorcycles, it seemed to be the perfect event.
Joyce said she hopes to see many people attend because it’s expensive to assist families the way the foundation organizers want to assist them.
“It’s a never-ending thing,” she said.
Kristi Despain was Madi’s aunt, and she has been with the foundation since the beginning. She loved the idea of the poker run, she said, and was ready to do anything that could raise awareness of abused children.
“You never think it can happen to you until it does,” Despain said.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747.