A memorial fund has been set up for a 14-year-old George Rogers Clark High School student who died Tuesday from a staph infection. But relatives haven't yet decided how the money will be used.
Mckenna Hatchett's aunt, Donna Leedy, said the girl's parents are struggling with the loss and won't decide how to put the memorial fund to use until after the funeral.
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"They can't even put one foot in front of the other right now," Leedy said.
Some relatives have discussed creating a scholarship fund or an awareness program about staph infections.
Leedy said the family does not yet know what caused Mckenna's staph infection or whether it was methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA. MRSA used to be curable by penicillin, but no more. Hospital patients are especially vulnerable to MRSA, but health officials said newly emerging strains are causing life-threatening infections in otherwise healthy people.
Mckenna was hospitalized last week after she bruised her hip at soccer practice, Clark County School Superintendent Ed Musgrove said.
Letters were sent home with students Wednesday, telling parents about the cause of McKenna's death. Musgrove said custodians are cleaning the school as a precaution.
The Mckenna Hatchett Memorial Fund has been set up in care of KUE Federal Credit Union, One Quality Street, Lexington, Ky., 40507.
The credit union's telephone number is (859) 367-1230.
Visitation for Mckenna will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Mount Zion Christian Church, 3631 Combs Ferry Road, Winchester.
Her funeral is 10 a.m. Friday at the church.
Donations also can be made to the George Rogers Clark girls' soccer team, 620 Boone Ave., Winchester, Ky., 40391.