Des Moines

It was hot today, and not just here in Des Moines, seems it was crazy hot everywhere around the country.  We got the quilt display set up this evening, and we’re ready!
Come see us at Valley West Mall in West Des Moines: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during mall hours, (10am – 9pm Fri. & Sat., 11am – 6pm Sun.).  You will find us in center court by the fountain and elevator.  It is a great space for displaying the quilt and we are happy to be here.  Thank you to Valley West Mall, and especially Trisha Barton, Marketing Director, for hosting the National Angel Quilt.  We are looking forward to a great week end.

Our Iowa Angels are Austin DeHaai, and Maddeson Tersinar:

Austin_DeHaai Maddeson TersinarAustin Gene DeHaai 11/16/2009 – 2/16/2011      Maddeson Tersinar  04/05/02 – 08/21/2009

Austin:  Austin was our miracle boy who we waited six years for. He brought laughter and sunlight into our home. He was a happy baby who always had a smile on his face. He loved life and had fun no matter what he was doing. He hit all his milestones on time or ahead of schedule. He didn’t like to sleep, didn’t want to miss out on anything. Austin’s favorite thing to do was climb the stairs. We had a game we played called Where’s Austin? Anytime I said that he would come to me, take my hands off my face and give me Austin kisses, nose to nose and laugh. He loved the outdoors. He spent many hours helping his dad fix things around the house. We never had a clue he was sick.
In November he celebrated his first birthday. We noticed he was falling down more. On 11-24-10 he woke up limping and holding his arm funny. After a trip to the pediatrician’s office we were sent to the ER for a CT scan which turned into an MRI. They found a tumor on his brain stem. Later we learned it was Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor (AT/RT) a rare fast growing tumor usually fatal in young children. Austin was strong and brave and kept that big smile throughout his cancer journey. We love you Austin forever. You will never be forgotten…
-Austin’s Mom

Maddeson: Maddeson was a vibrant, sweet, intelligent 6 year old, who loved school, playing softball, fishing with her Daddy, camping with her family and playing with her friends. In November 2008, Maddeson slipped and fell on the ice at school. Her bottom was sore for a few days but then she seemed fine. She slipped again at the end of December and she developed a lump. X-rays showed no broken tailbone, but when the lump and pain did not subside, an MRI and CT scans were performed. Maddeson was diagnosed with Pelvic Ewing’s Sarcoma on February 2, 2009.  Her primary tumor was in her hip, but the cancer had also metastasized to her lungs. Maddeson was to receive 14 rounds of chemotherapy, several radiation treatments and eventual surgery.  However, by August 2009, the cancer had spread through Maddeson’s abdomen at an alarming rate and large tumors had grown in her abdomen. Maddeson’s wish was to go to Africa on a safari, but due to her condition, her wish could not come true.  Instead, on August 19, 2009, through the amazing effort of the hospital staff, the Make A Wish Foundation and Sea World Orlando, Maddeson experienced her very own, personal Shamu show via Skype.  Maddeson fought heroically and never gave up but the cancer was too much for her little body.  At the young age of 7, Maddeson earned her Angel wings, on August 21, 2009.  In February 2010, Maddeson was named the Most Inspirational Wish Child of 2009 in Iowa by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  She is deeply missed by her parents and sisters, Kendall (age 2) and Josie (age 13).
-Maddeson’s Mom
You can read about Maddeson’s journey of bravery and courage at: