Madison was a second grade student at Myers Elementary School Bellwood and a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Altoona. She loved being a Girl Scout, cheering with the Bellwood Antis High School and East Antis Rams cheer teams, and dancing with the Dance Fusion Dance Company. Madison enjoyed running in 5K races, playing musical instruments, singing and attending school. She loved to cuddle, go fishing with her daddy, vacation in Canada, and playing with her sister, cousins and friends. Madison’s favorite color was pink and she loved unicorns, butterflies, princesses and glitter.
Madison was diagnosed with DIPG in May 2016 when she was 7 years old, after having double vision for a few weeks. Madison passed away on April 14, 2017, in the arms of her parents.
Maddie fought bravely against the disease and inspired her entire community. They have continued to celebrate Maddie’s life through a variety of memorial events and fundraisers to fund research to find a cure for DIPG.