Why We Exist
During a volleyball tryout, she experienced bad pain in her back, knee and hand. Tests ordered by her family doctor came back normal. The pain resurfaced and Maddie went to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, where specialists noticed her spleen seemed enlarged and ordered some scans. Soon, Maddie and her family were given a shocking and devastating diagnosis. She had a cancerous mass called neuroblastoma that was 20 cm by 10 cm in size located behind her spleen and wrapped around her aorta.
Because it was too risky to operate, Maddie underwent four rounds of chemotherapy to try and shrink the tumour. It caused her to become very sick and she even woke up Christmas morning with her hair falling out. Unfortunately, even after chemo, the mass remained, so despite the risks, it was determined surgery was the only option. Her surgery team set out to remove the majority of the tumour but, in the end, removed all 15 lbs. of it during a 14-hour operation.
Maddie is now leading a happy and healthy life and using her outgoing personality and quick wit for good. She, along with friends, family and supporters, have raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation to help other kids. Her tumour was donated to the “Tumour Bank” where researchers can take samples of it for their studies. Her story continues to inspire those close to her and strangers alike.
Maddie is one of our many inspirations. With your help, we can continue to achieve the best possible outcomes for all of the young patients who rely on the hospital.