According to her daughter, Mary Lou Retton, a legend in the sport of gymnastics in the United States Olympic Games, is "fighting for her life" in an intensive care unit as she battles a severe form of pneumonia.
McKenna Kelley, Retton's daughter, wrote a post on SpotFund in which she disclosed her mother's health in an effort to help gather money to pay for her mother's medical expenses, as Breitbart News reported.
According to an update that was posted by her daughter McKenna Kelley on Wednesday, Mary Lou Retton is still in the intensive care unit.
Mary Lou Retton is best known for winning the all-around women's gymnastics final at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
"My sisters Skyla, Shayla, Emma, and I would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support for our Mom," Kelley wrote in an Instagram post reported by Fox News.
On Tuesday, Kelley revealed her mother has been in an ICU "over a week" with a "very rare form" of pneumonia.
Since that time, Retton has received a flood of financial assistance as she "continues to fight."
A fundraising website established in honor of the great athlete has gathered just under $260,000 in contributions as of Wednesday afternoon. The amount of $50,000 was designated as the target for the fundraising effort. Additionally, it was mentioned on the page that Retton did not have medical insurance.
Kelley, a former member of the LSU gymnastics team, has stated that financial support is needed by the Olympic athlete to assist with various medical expenditures. According to The Associated Press, Retton is currently being cared for at a hospital in Texas.
"We ask that if you could help in any way, that 1) you PRAY! and 2) if you could help us with finances for the hospital bill," Kelley wrote on the fundraising page. "ANYTHING, absolutely anything, would be so helpful for my family and my mom."
"GET WELL MARY LOU!! You are America’s Sweet Heart and we are all rooting for you!" one donor wrote on the fundraising page.
At the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Retton became the first American woman to earn the all-around gold medal or any individual Olympic medal in gymnastics.
In 1997, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. During the 1980s and 1990s, she appeared in several films and television programs and was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
After her retirement from gymnastics, Retton became a motivational speaker and frequently discussed the importance of appropriate diet and exercise. She also served on President George W. Bush's President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.