Honored Kid

Madelyn Odegard

Madelyn Odegard Kid Photo


Eau Claire , WI, US


Wilms or other kidney tumor

Date of Diagnosis

June 2014



Treated At

Children's National Medical Center and Children’s National Research Institute (CNRI) Marshfield Clinic at St. Joseph's Hospital Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

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My Story

Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure. Madelyn was only 6 years old when she was diagnosed with Wilms tumor. Over the course of three years she endured multiple relapses many chemo treatments, radiation, major surgeries, stem cell transplant and experimental trial drugs for research. Throughout all of this she remained brave and lived life to the absolute fullest. Never complaining just taking whatever came her way! She was so strong and so amazing but eventually cancer took out little angel. Cancer is an evil disease. It takes a child's childhood away from them. Maddy wasn't able to do all of the things she wanted to do and had to be extra careful not to get sick or to get scrapes. It was tough not being able to do all the normal kid things but our Maddy found joy in what she was able to do. Madelyn loved playing with her little sisters, they performed dances and did lots of crafting together, she also loved her cats, she loved Harry Potter and drawing (she was quite the artist), she made many lego creations as she spent a great deal of time in clinics and hospitals, she was beautiful, had a quick wit about her and wise beyond her years. But one of the most truly amazing things about maddy was her heart and love for others. She still thought of others while going through this cancer journey whether it be by letting a newly diagnosed girl watch her get her port accessed so the girl wouldn't be afraid or by making up goody bags full of toys for newly diagnosed kids. She would draw pictures for her nurses and doctors. She would decorate her hospital room for her sisters birthday to surprise them even though she wouldn't be at home to celebrate with them due to getting chemo treatments. Maddys legacy will continue to live on through our family and we will continue to carry on her memory by starting mighty maddys mission something maddy wanted to start once she got through treatment herself.

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