(From the June 2013 issue of Inside Nationwide Children's)
A trip to the emergency room should never be part of a child’s Christmas. But when Madeline became ill, that’s where the Richardson family found themselves in December 2011. Madeline’s parents were told she was dehydrated but as time passed, more symptoms arose. Further testing and an ultrasound showed that at only six years old, Madeline had Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a soft tissue cancer. During her treatment, Madeline underwent chemotherapy, radiation, a bone marrow transplant and a six-month clinical trial.
Today, Madeline is in remission. And she is using her experience to help others. Madeline recently delivered nearly 2,000 books and DVDs to patients at Nationwide Children’s. Not only is she a role model to her peers – she is an inspiration to all who cross her path. Madeline will be representing a Miracle Mile at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and ½ Marathon on October 20. Fundraise and run, walk or support the hospital by becoming a Children’s Champion. Learn more at NationwideChildrens.org/Childrens-Champions.