A year ago, at 19 months old, Maddie was diagnosed with High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia MLL trans.4;11. In the year that's followed, Maddie has undergone 17 blood transfusions, 6 platelet transfusions, 18 lumbar punctures to administer chemotherapy, and 3 bone marrow aspirations. She's had approximately 45 clinic visits and 75 inpatient hospital stays. When she's not in the hospital, her trips outside and her visits with friends and family are limited... the risk of illness is just too great to take any chances with her recovery.
Now in remission, Maddie continues to undergo intense and extensive chemotherapy treatments in an attempt to beat this monster and reclaim the life that this little girl deserves... a normal life. This is the only life Maddie's ever known... she's a trooper, a warrior, an angel, and her family thanks God every day that they've had another day with her in it. Luckily, she was blessed with an amazing family... a family I know well. Looking into her eyes is like looking into the eyes of her Aunt Tracey the same way I did every day for so many days of my life. I ask that you remember her in your prayers, and if you're not the praying type, that's okay too... please send warm, happy, healing thoughts and positive vibes that this next year of her life is a year where she can leave this illness behind and live a life filled with only happy tears, surrounded by family and friends.
This is Maddie... I wanted to share a video that her mother, Glenda, made in honor of her 1 year crapaversary, as it's so lovingly referred to by chemo moms. I just wanted you to see who you're helping by sending prayers and good vibes. It's a long video, just over 11 minutes long. You don't have to watch the whole thing. I can't make it all the way through without tearing up, and I don't expect you to either. But I'm hoping that the video will make Maddie Lu a bit more accessible to you so you remember her tonight, tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that. You can help her beat this.