Your support helped wish kid Maddie and her family put the pieces of their lives back together after cancer.
There’s nothing like the sweet sound of a little 4-year-old voice belting out her favorite songs. Brooke, Maddie’s mom, knew that sound well. But she became concerned when Maddie’s voice suddenly became raspy. That’s when her doctor delivered the devastating news: Maddie had a tumor on the pallet of her mouth.
“Being by her side through all of the treatment has made both of us stronger. The trust between us is very powerful,” said Brooke.
Grueling surgery, nearly a year of chemotherapy and trips to the hospital every six weeks for nearly three years has made it hard for Maddie and her family to stay positive. “She was sick all of the time and [had] really low energy,” said Brooke.
Then, a sliver of hope came in the form of a wish when they needed it most. "Sick kids, like Maddie, live in the darkest tunnel you can imagine—fighting for health ... fighting for their lives. Make-A-Wish brings them out of it and shines a light so bright. It gives them hope and that's exactly what they need to keep going," said Brooke.
Maddie wanted more than anything for the pieces in her life to come back together. Thanks to Adopt-A-Wish sponsor QuoteWizard and generous supporters like you, Maddie and her family visited LEGOLAND.
For a week, she and her family left the treatments, hospital and pain behind for much-needed time together.
“LEGOLAND was a magical time for her. She could just be a kid. She could do whatever she wanted,” said Brooke.
Being at LEGOLAND allowed Maddie to experience and explore the things that made her happy. With smiles abound and laughter in the air, Brooke and her family got to escape from the throes of illness and just be a family enjoying the little moments that so many take for granted.
Legos are now everywhere in her house where they are a symbol of hope and possibility.
“When you are a cancer mom, you look at the world differently,” said Brooke. “It makes you appreciate what you have – every second of every day. In some ways it gives you a broader perspective of the world.”
Maddie is no longer in treatment and continues to work on her speech, motor skills and appetite.
Currently 1 in 4 children are not receiving a wish due to a lack of funding. If you want to make wishes come true for children like Maddie, please make a donation.
Special thanks to Adopt-A-Wish sponsor QuoteWizard, Auntie Anne’s and wish-granting volunteers Michelle Peyree and Laurie Schmertz.