Former gymnastics sensation Mary Lou Retton, renowned for her 1984 Olympic triumph, is fighting a critical battle with a rare form of pneumonia.
Challenging Health Battle
Mary Lou Retton, who claimed five medals at the 1984 Olympics and became the first American to secure an Olympic individual all-round event gold, is currently in intensive care, unable to breathe independently.
Daughter’s Plea for Help
In a statement, her daughter, McKenna Kelley, revealed that her mother’s health condition is dire, and they are seeking financial support to cover the hospital bills. She emphasized the importance of prayers and financial contributions.
As of the latest update, over $120,000 has been donated to assist with her medical expenses.
A Gymnastics Icon
Mary Lou Retton’s remarkable achievements in gymnastics turned her into “America’s newest darling.” She not only graced the Wheaties cereal box but also elevated the popularity of gymnastics in the United States, a sport traditionally dominated by Eastern Europeans.
In recent years, she ventured into various endeavors, from Dancing with the Stars to appearances in commercials and even serving as an adviser to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness during the George H.W. Bush administration.
The gymnastics world and beyond rally around Mary Lou Retton during this challenging time.