2016 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day Hero: Maddy

rsz_childrens_national_medical_system_garrett_madison_photo1.jpgFrom a very early age, Madison "Maddy" possessed a very strong character and brought lots of laughter and smiles to just about everyone that she met. At the age of 3, Madison embarked on a life changing journey that was also beyond her years, a battle with cancer. After a series of tests she was diagnosed with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma. Further bone scans revealed that the cancer was not only in her abdomen, but also in her lower spine, her shoulders and her hips and she was given only a 30 percent chance at survival.

In March of 2016, Madison celebrated her two year anniversary of remission, which was quickly followed by her seventh birthday in April. She enjoys school, playing, swimming, movies, toys, outdoor adventures, and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite colors are pink and purple and she loves everything from Disney Princesses and My Little Pony to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Marvel Avengers.

Not your typical “girl,” Madison is a rare and unique child that never ceases to amaze nor surprise everyone around her. No matter what comes her way, she is determined to defeat the odds, with no complaints and a smile on her face.

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