SHERWOOD, Ore.: Madelyn Stamets, or Maddie as she prefers to be called, has already faced one life-threatening issue. At just 3 years old, the bubbly and energetic little girl is a cancer survivor. In celebration of her triumph and persevering personality, Kids Wish Network recently granted her only wish to visit Disneyland.
Diagnosed with Rhabdoid Sarcoma at just 10 months, Maddie underwent surgery immediately to remove her very rare and dangerous tumor. Rhabdoid Sarcoma tumors are one of the most lethal and destructive forms of cancer in pediatric oncology. Often times the tumors are located in the brain or kidneys and require aggressive treatments. After the tumor was removed, Maddie began rounds of traumatic radiation and chemotherapy treatments to prevent the disease from spreading.
While Maddie finished her radiation rounds in November 2011, fear for her health did not diminish. She continually was scanned every three months for signs of the deadly cancer. Maddie and her family deserved the break that came when Kids Wish Network granted her wish to visit Disneyland. The family enjoyed their stay the Embassy Suites, dined at fabulous restaurants, and watched as Maddie squealed with joy as she met Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
“This is a dream come true for her,” says Maddie’s mom Bryn. “She has so many favorite parts, everything was really memorable.”
“I got my wish!” Maddie excitedly adds from the background.
“She is talking nonstop about it,” Bryn replies with a laugh. “We are very appreciative to Kids Wish Network for granting her wish.”
Today, Maddie is cancer-free but still maintains yearly check-ups to ensure her health.
Kids Wish Network and the Stamets family would like to send a big thank you to all the generous donors who help granted her wish: Embassy Suites Anaheim North, Compassion Partners Program, SeaWorld San Diego, Advantage Rent a Car, California Pizza Kitchen, Rainforest Café, and Captain Kidd’s Restaurant.
Kids Wish Network is a Florida-based charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experience life-altering situations. Come experience the Kids Wish Network difference.