Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Meagan Michelle McKee

Meagan Michelle McKee passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 16, 2023 after battling a rare pediatric cancer for the past three years.

Upon diagnosis, Meagan chose to participate in the GD2 CAR T Cell Therapy Clinical Trial at Stanford’s Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital and the Monje Lab from December 2020 through September 2022. While she understood that the disease was incurable, she remained hopeful and wanted to provide an opportunity to further science and research in hopes that it would give others behind her a chance to live on. It was her last wish to donate her tissue to the research team at Monje Lab so they can continue to learn more about this disease.

Meagan graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2012 and went on to work in digital marketing. She enjoyed moving to new cities and resided in Lexington, Chicago, San Francisco, and most recently New York City throughout her professional career. Meagan loved to travel to new countries. She was an avid reader, and also enjoyed sending postcards and hand written letters as an important form of communication with her family and friends. Like the rest of the family, Meagan grew up riding horses and was 4-H Equestrian of the Year in 2007 representing both the State of New Jersey and the NJ Horse Counsel. She competed throughout high school in many 4-H events, but found that she was most passionate about public speaking, where she went on to compete at the national level.

Meagan is survived by her mother Christine McKee, sister Lindsey McKee and her wife Gina DiBartolo as well as her maternal Grandmother, Patricia Wilson. She was preceded in death by her father Samuel McKee, and her sister Melissa.

Family and friends may visit Monday July 24th from 5-9PM at Brook Hollow Winery, Columbia, NJ, words of remembrance will be held from 6-6:30PM with dinner to follow. Services are entrusted to and directed by Newbaker Funeral Home.

Meagan’s wish was to not have any flowers for her celebration, rather people use that money to donate to research that may help someone else in the future.

Please consider donations  to the:

Monje Lab Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building 265 Campus Drive, Room G3035 Stanford, CA 94305

and/or

Cancer Research Foundation 6200 N. Hiawatha Ave., Suite 640 Chicago, IL 60646