Mary Lou Retton, a renowned American icon, needs our support now more than ever as she fights for her life in the ICU. For those who remember the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, you may recall Retton’s historic performance as a gymnast for Team USA. She wowed the world with her extraordinary vault and floor routines, earning perfect 10s and securing the gold medal over Romania’s Ecaterina Szabo. But her achievements didn’t stop there – she was also recognized as Sports Illustrated’s Sportswoman of the Year and even graced the cover of the Wheaties box.
However, things have taken a turn for the worse. Retton’s daughter, McKenna Kelley, recently shared on her Instagram Story that her mother is now “fighting for her life in the ICU.” Kelley revealed that Retton is battling a very rare form of pneumonia, which has left her unable to breathe on her own. She has been in the ICU for over a week, and the medical expenses are quickly mounting.
In this difficult time, Kelley has set up a fund and humbly asks for our assistance to cover the hospital bills. She urges everyone to join in prayer for her mother’s recovery and, if possible, contribute financially. Every gesture of support, no matter how big or small, counts.
Mary Lou Retton retired from gymnastics in 1986 but continued to make waves in the entertainment industry. She has appeared as a guest in popular shows like Glee, Baywatch, and even competed in season 27 of Dancing With the Stars. Her impact on the gymnastics world was so significant that she was rightfully inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
Let us come together as a community to keep Mary Lou Retton and her family in our thoughts and prayers during this challenging time. Your support can make a real difference. Here at Mamas Uncut, we strive to empower moms and provide a safe space for knowledge and answers. Together, let’s rally behind one of America’s beloved icons and offer her the strength she needs.