devastating news. I, like many in our town, took this very personally. We all knew her and her family. We all knew the spirit she had. I also felt as her doctor a sense of guilt thinking I missed something along the way and also this urge to do anything to make her better. As time went along and her cancer went into remission, we all were able to experience and witness the grace of Madison. Her desire to help others in similar situations was never ending. She made me want to be better. It was the power she possessed. Hearing the stories of Madison’s goodness made us believe in humanity when, at times, that can be hard to do. As her cancer returned, I was able to be with her through some tough times. She always greeted me with a smile. What words came out of her mouth after the smile were unpredictable but the smile was always there. I loved her spunk. It is what drew me and everyone to her. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of her and her smile. I continue to watch her live through the work her foundation is doing. Even now she continues to be the change for so many.
Cancer is the word every parent fears. It is always the elephant in the exam room when parents bring their kids in for headaches, bleeding, leg pain or swollen lymph nodes. It has been the one word, the one diagnosis that I spend a lot of time reassuring people that it isn’t a concern. Unfortunately there have been times when the fear has become the reality. I get it personally too as I have 3 children. My youngest is the same age as Madison. It could have easily been her. That is why we all feel the way we do about that word.
It is surprising to see how small the amount of money and research is spent on childhood cancer. Even with the small amount of both dedicated to it, the progression of survivability has still drastically increased. Imagine the outcome of more childhood cancers if more were devoted to it.
Live Like Madison has several meanings to me. First, it allows Madison’s mission of caring for others to continue. She was so selfless. She would use her birthday money to buy others gifts. That is where she found joy. The foundation puts her giving persona in full effect. It also means hope to me. Watching the toll of Madison’s journey on her family was hard. We could see the pain they felt but could never possibly understand it to depths of losing a child to cancer. Live Like Madison gives parents, grandparents, siblings, friends of children suffering from cancer hope. They are doing anything possible to help children survive. Providing funding for research is monumental. Discovering new treatments for metastatic disease will give parents hope that their child may survive. Laura and Mickey never want a parent to hear the words there is no chance. This foundation gives people a chance Lastly, to me, Live Like Maidson means a promise. It is a promise between a mom and a child that is changing many lives. It shows the depth of their love and bond.
Madison”. Madison was busy in another room making her special slime and asked me if she could make some for me. She wanted to know my favorite color. My next visit she had my pink slime and she said I needed some sparkle in mine! I cherish this jar of slime to this day, and it always brings a smile to my face and sometimes a tear to my eyes.
Madison taught me that no matter if you are 7 years old or 67 years old, there is ALWAYS something you can do to make this world a better place. I will do my best to make her proud and wait for the day that I can see her again.
I am asked often how I can do this job. Isn’t it sad? My answer is that Hospice isn’t a job for me, but a ministry. The families that have allowed me to walk this journey with them will remain in my heart forever. Are there tears? Yes, but we often smile and even laugh sometimes as we provide love, peace and comfort for those we care for.
As I walked into the Fedak home for the first time, I looked at them and said “This will not be easy but I will be by your side as we walk this walk with
I am a pediatrician in Laurinburg. I grew up here and went to the same high school as her parents. Laura, Madison’s mom was my daughter’s 5th grade teacher. I have been the Fedak girls’ pediatrician. Living in a small town, our lives have been pretty interwoven.
Madison was diagnosed in the spring of 2018 with osteosarcoma. I remember being in London when I heard this
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My name is Riley. I am a student at Christ The Cornerstone Academy. I love volleyball, basketball, and dance. I am also Madison’s sister. When Madison was sick she would go to the hospital on Thursdays and stay until Monday. That meant that I didn't get to see Madison or my mom when they went up to the hospital. That meant that if I had a dance competition one of my parents would be with me and one of my parents would be with Madison.
What surprised me most about childhood cancer patients is how strong they are. Madison never complained and was the
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My wish for childhood cancer patients is that they would be cured. I want us to find a cure. It is as simple as that. What Love Like Madison means to me is that we just need to hold on to those precious moments and just treat everyday like it could and should be the best day of your life.