Honored Kid

Madelynn M.

Age 8
Madelynn M. Kid Photo


Gresham, OR, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

August 2019


In treatment

Treated At

Doernbecher Children's Hospital

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My Story

It is with the heaviest heart that I am writing this news and I cannot even believe that this is our reality. On Thursday, Maddy went in for a blood test after we had noticed some fatigue and other symptoms that just weren’t normal. Our doctor called us back early that evening and told us know her white blood count, hemoglobin, and platelets were all extremely low and told us to immediately go to OHSU ER. We then found out that her blood level was about 1/3 full. She got a blood transfusion to get her levels back up. On Friday she had a bone marrow procedure. The doctors came in a couple hours after the procedure and confirmed that our sweet little girl has leukemia (blood cancer) We are totally devastated, heartbroken, and still in shock. She has pre-B cell ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia). This is encouraging as it is the most common type of leukemia and is treatable with a high success rate, but it is still a life threatening illness. They gave us a 28 day plan for her “induction treatment” and will then be able to give us an idea of what her treatment will be in the upcoming months/years. The next 28 days will be very difficult for Maddy and emotionally hard for Bridgette and I but after that she will either be in remission with maintenance or they will make a new plan for treatment. She is so strong and brave and we know in the end she will grow up to be her health, smart self. This was the initial email/post when Maddy was diagnosed.  Since then, we have had our ups and downs, but she has made it through 7 months of treatment.  She is happy and has bounced back better than ever.  We were told that her last chemotherapy will be in October of 2021.  We are so thankful for all the friends and family who have reached out to us.

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