"My daughter is my hero, and I can truthfully say saving her saved me."
- Katelyn, Madison's mom
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30 Days/30 Stories
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. At PCFLV, we are committed to spreading the GOLD all year long. However, in September, we truly make it our mission. 30 Days, 30 Stories celebrates the children we know and love and the brave battles they fight and have fought, with their families by their sides. In celebrating these beautiful children and their stories, we hope to inspire you to join us in our mission to SPREAD THE GOLD in September and all year long!

September 7th
The day Madison was born was the happiest day of my life. The one person who will always love me and need me, my sidekick, had arrived. Madison had a normal, happy first year of life, hitting all milestones early. It wasn't until Maddie was 14 months-old that I started to notice something just wasn't right with her. Her pediatrician said she was fine, but I just knew something was wrong with my baby. On May 25, 2012, I took Madison to LVHN Cedar Crest. After hours of waiting, the blood work finally came back. Madison's white count was very high and her platelets and red count were low. I will never forget the next words that came out of the Doctors mouth..."Those results indicate leukemia. We have called the pediatric oncologist, and he will be over to speak with you." That night changed our lives forever. All I could do was hold my baby girl tight and cry.

The next two-and-a-half years of treatment were hard. Through the spinal taps, chemo, vomiting, pretty much living in the hospital, and steroid week, Maddie fought hard, and almost always with a smile on her face. Even till this day her smile and personality will light up the room. My daughter is my hero, and I can truthfully say saving her saved me. I don't know what I would do if my sidekick lost the battle. I want to thank PCFLV, LVHN, and the many other community programs that have made the treatment process easier on my daughter and myself.

-written by Katelyn, Madison's mom

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