Honored Kid

Madeline S.

Age 9
Madeline S. Kid Photo

Location

Abingdon, MD, US

Diagnosis

Wilms or other kidney tumor

Date of Diagnosis

February 2011

Status

Kicked cancer's butt!

Treated At

Johns Hopkins Children's Center

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My Story

Maddie’s journey started as an infant with a Stage III Wilms tumor diagnosis - nothing could have prepared us for the sight of blood in her diaper and how swiftly that would have upended our lives. She has since graduate to survivors' clinic and is kicking butt and taking names.  
She is a vivacious 2nd grader with a bevy of BFFs, a love of gymnastics, a Minecraft obsession, and keen desire to explore her musical side. And what's not to sing about? She kicked cancer's butt! 
Your support helps drive research to not just save lives in the thick of the battle, but also to support treatment breakthroughs that could reduce or eliminate the need for our kids to endure chemotherapy and radiation. Such breakthroughs may ultimately improve quality and longevity of life on the long road of survivorship. Back in the 1970s, only about 50% of kids with Maddie's diagnosis made it to long-term survivorship. Maddie, however, is not an accident of history. No, the fact that this fierce girl is around today is a direct product of past breakthroughs achieved and applied by dedicated scientists and medical professionals - and their successors - who received the necessary funding for their lifesaving research. 
Even today, over 60% of long-term childhood cancer survivors have a chronic illness as a consequence of the therapy they received, and over 25% have a severe or life-threatening illness, to say nothing of other potential long-term side effects like infertility and reduced life expectancy. The health risks survivors face as they age depend on the exposures they received during treatment for their cancer. Your support matters. Your support has real impact. Your donations go to fund the research needed to cure the most vexing of childhood cancers and to improve the quality of life for (life-)long-term survivors. For that, thank you!

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