For those of you who may not know Maddie's story... she was originally diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in March 2007. In 2010, after being off treatment for 18 months, Maddie relapsed. This time we discovered that Maddie actually had a very rare cancer, Philadelphia Chromosome Positive ALL. We were informed that her best chance for survival was for Madison to undergo intense chemotherapy, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant. Through our devastation and despair, with the help of our family and friends, we prayed for a miracle. Our prayers were answered when we learned that Maddie's little sister, Hannah, was a perfect match for her! In February 2011, at age 4, Hannah courageously donated her bone marrow to save her sister's life.
Since then, Maddie has suffered some minor bumps in the road due to the side effects from all the treatment she has endured throughout the years. Thanks to Hannah's bravery and to her huge heart, Madison is thriving! She has grown to be an amazing 13 year old who spends her time doing what she loves - dancing and spending time with family and friends. Bob and I love being the parents of our 2 biggest superheroes!
We truly believe that Maddie would not be where she is today without Hannah and without the expertise and care of the doctors and nurses at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. We are forever grateful! Please help us celebrate life by walking/running with us on Sunday, September 24th or by making a donation.
The Parkway Run & Walk is a 5K Run & 2K Family Fun Walk that benefits pediatric cancer research and care at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, ranked the #2 children's hospital by U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine.
Pediatric cancer strikes 1 in 285 children. Your support will directly fund our cancer research and survivorship programs and make an incredible difference in the lives of children with cancer.
As we walk/run this year we will be thinking about all the children we've met along this journey - those who are survivors dealing with side effects of treatment, those still fighting, and those who lost their lives.
Please join Team Madison 2017 on Sunday, Sept. 24th and help us fight childhood cancer!