Maddison Mertz's Miracles
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 18th, 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 intravenous 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.