Meet Maddy: 2018 Family Advocacy Day Champion!
Maddy is participating at 2018 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day from June 26-27 in Washington, D.C. During the event, Maddy will share information about her health journey and the importance of children’s health care with members of Congress. Below is her story.
From a very early age, Madison — lovingly referred to as Maddy — possessed a very strong character and brought lots of laughter and smiles not only to her household but to just about everyone she met. At the age of 3, she embarked on a life changing journey that was also beyond her years — a battle with cancer.
Maddy had been experiencing some discomfort in her right leg and stomach, and her stomach appeared to protrude. 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 — she was given only a 30 percent chance at survival.
In spring of 2018, with the help of the team at Children's National Health System, Maddy celebrated her four-year anniversary of remission and her 9th birthday! She enjoys school and all that life has to offer a special little girl like her. She loves reading, dancing, singing, swimming, outdoor adventures and spending time with friends and family.
Her favorite colors are blue and purple and she loves everything from Disney princesses and American Girl Dolls™ to Pokemon™ and the Marvel Avengers™! Maddy is not your “typical girl”. She is a rare and unique child that never ceases to amaze and surprise everyone around her. Maddy can’t be stopped, as proven by her tenacity and spunk throughout her battle with cancer! No matter what comes her way, she is determined to defeat the odds, with no complaints and a smile on her face.
Join us in welcoming Maddy to 2018 Family Advocacy Day!