Maddison Mertz was a happy, active, beautiful, strong second grader. She loved gymnastics, her sister, her friends, swimming dancing, her dogs, and her family.
On November 18, 2016 Maddison was diagnosed with Stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme. Glioblastoma is a very rare and difficult to treat cancer. On November 15th, Dr. McCue, at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, removed 95% of the tumor in her cervical spinal cord. December 5th, Maddison underwent radiation treatments five days a week for six weeks.
After completing radiation an MRI showed that the cancer had spread to 6 spots in her brain. Maddison then began numerous rounds of oral and intervenous chemotherapy to try and stop this horrible cancer. She also received a personalized peptide vaccine. In the end nothing could stop this disease. Maddison passed away 3 days after her 8th birthday.
Maddison is dearly missed. She has made a lasting impact on her community and others who followed her journey. She showed us how to fight with a smile and never gave up.
Our mission is to continue her fight. We are dedicated to raising awareness and funding for more effective brain tumor treatments.
Why Fundraising for Children's Cancer Research Fund is Important to Me
I'm fundraising on behalf of Children's Cancer Research Fund because I believe no child should have to deal with the devastating effects of childhood cancer.
I believe no parent should experience the loss of a child.
I believe no sibling should have to watch their brother or sister suffer.
I believe that by investing in the brightest and boldest minds in childhood cancer research, one day we will have a cure.
I believe that every dollar I raise for childhood cancer research could be THE dollar that changes everything for a family affected by cancer.
I believe that together we can have a lasting impact in the life of a child with cancer.
I believe that a world without childhood cancer is possible.
Will you join me?