During the summer of 2006, Maggie was enjoying life as any normal 9-year-old should be. She enjoyed dancing, swimming and "shooting some hoops" with her two older sisters, Amanda and Emily. On December 6th, 2006 Maggie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma,* in her left tibia. Maggie's very normal 4th grade life took a turn through a new world, which included pediatric oncologists and medicines named methotrexate, doxirubicin and cisplatin. Over the next 10 months, Maggie would courageously endure 153 overnights in the hospital which included 18 chemotherapies, 8 infections, 1 bone salvage surgery (insertion of a donor tibia), skin grafts, a bone graft, and most recently, the amputation of her lower left leg. Maggie is in remission, and continues to be monitored until the end of her remission period. In March of 2008, one year after Maggie's initial bone salvage surgery, her tibia fractured during normal every day activities. Faced with several additional surgeries and no guarantees of future success, Maggie met with several amputees that had experienced the same dilemma earlier in their lives and investigated the below the knee amputation and prosthetic option. She decided on amputation. In January of 2010, Maggie was fitted for her first prosthetic. She has since enjoyed skiing, bike riding and swimming as a very normal 12 year old!
* Osteosarcoma is an aggressive bone tumor that begins in immature bone cells that do not develop into normal bone cells. It is the most common form of pediatric bone cancer, and is typically found in the leg bones, (primarily around the knee), but can be found in arm, shoulder, or other bones, and on rare occasion, outside the bone. There is no known cure for recurrence.