Mary Lou Retton’s daughter, Shayla Kelley Schrepfer, is speaking out as her mother’s SpotFund donations reach over $360K.
“My sisters and I are overwhelmed,” Shayla shared on Instagram on Oct. 11, “We didn’t even realize that there’s so many people out there that love her just as much as we do. It’s been a really hard time for our family.”
Retton’s daughter McKenna Kelley set up the fund after news broke that the former Olympic gymnast was battling a rare case of pneumonia. Kelley set the goal at $50K. At the time of writing, nearly 6,600 people have donated.
“Just seeing that people love her like that and showing her that support has just meant the world to us and to her,” Shayla added.
“Thank you for your unbelievable love & support for our mom. Please continue to pray for her full recovery.”
Shayla also noted that her mother continues to fight, and she asks that everyone respect her privacy.
“We hope that you guys will respect her boundaries as we wanna keep the details between her and our family right now,” she concluded.
Mary Lou Retton Remains in the ICU
Earlier this week, Kelley announced that Mary Lou Retton was “fighting for her life” in the intensive care unit after falling ill with pneumonia. Due to the severity of the condition, Retton is not able to breathe on her own. The family has been private about the details. But in her Instagram announcement, Schrepfer assured people that Retton has the best doctors she could hope for, and everyone is optimistic about her recovery.
“She’s been treated with the best of the best professionals here, and it has been such a blessing to have their hands on her. So please continue the prayers and we cannot thank you enough for the love and support that you guys have shown.”
According to the SpotFund page, Mary Lou Retton does not have medical insurance. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is also working to financially help the gold medalist, reports Today.
Mary Lou Retton competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics when she was 16. She won five gold medals that year. Retton was also the first US woman to ever win all-around gold.
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