Maddie was a healthy teenager who loved to spend her afternoons on the softball field. During a routine visit, her doctor noticed swelling near her neck. After additional tests and X-rays, Maddie was diagnosed with lymphoma.
“It was a day full of disbelief, sadness and fear,” Maddie’s mom, Nicole, said. “We had so many questions and worry.”
The next year was full of uncertainty as Maddie began chemotherapy. She was always tired, and missed days of school and events with her friends. She constantly wondered if she would graduate high school on time, if the cancer would go away for good, and if she would ever play softball again.
“I was scared,” Maddie said, “but throughout my journey, my eyes opened and I soon realized anything can happen, and not to take things for granted.”
During an appointment at the hospital, Maddie was told she would be granted a wish. She was thrilled and decided on the perfect wish – a trip to New York City!
In September, Maddie was on a flight bound for the Big Apple with her family. They toured the city, visiting Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and more. She even got to watch the Minnesota Twins take on the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium!
Maddie’s wish was exactly what she needed. It gave her something to plan for, dream about and look forward to when she was feeling her worst. “I was able to get away from reality and celebrate being done with treatments after kicking cancer to the curb,” she said.
Maddie’s wish wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of individuals like you. Help make more Minnesota wishes come true by donating your frequent flier miles or Sun Country Airlines Ufly Rewards® points during the WCCO-TV Wishes In Flight Airline Miles Drive! Tune in to WCCO-TV on Tuesday, March 20th to donate your miles on-air, or click here to donate online now.