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.
At just 7 years old, Madison was diagnosed with a pediatric tumor referred to as a craniopharyngioma, and panhypopituitarism. However, that hasn’t stopped her from taking on the responsibility to live her life.
In many ways, she has had to grow up faster than other kids. Her self-care alone is admirable. For example, she doses out more than 50 pills for herself each day. She administers her own growth hormone injections daily. While in Philadelphia for treatment, Madison, unlike many other children, didn’t want to be sedated for her radiation therapy. Instead she chose to lay completely still in the radiation machine each day. Because of this, she waited for the treatments in the 'adult waiting area.' While there, she enjoyed making friends with all of the other adults who were also waiting for their daily radiation treatments, but she didn’t stop there. Madison made friends with the staff of the clinic and the parking garage attendants, as well.