Maddie is a survivor. She started her battle against Wilms tumor at the tender age of 7 months and kicked cancer's butt. She has long since graduated to long-term survivors' clinic. Maddie is now a vivacious 11 year old with a bevy of BFFs. She loves reading, is an aspiring artist with a flair for sketch work, and - like many 6th graders - is into anime, manga, listening to the coolest music, and hanging out with her friends.
Forty years ago, Maddie's diagnosis might have been a death sentence, but research like that supported by the St. Baldrick's Foundation helped make Wilms tumor among the most survivable of childhood cancers. But Wilms is "cured" by ripping out our kids' organs along with the tumor and then blasting them with chemo and radiation, altering the path of their lives forever.
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 really matters. Donations go to fund the research needed to cure the most vexing of childhood cancers, save lives, and to improve the quality of life for (life-)long-term survivors. For that, thank you!