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 in her hospital room 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).

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* Pelvic Ewing's is a sub-type of Ewing's Sarcoma, and has a 50% survival rate. Ewing's Sarcoma is a highly aggressive and malignant form of pediatric bone cancer, which can be found in both bone and soft tissue. Ewing's is caused by a genetic accident, which occurs when two chromosomes transpose at the time of fetal development. The recurrence rate for Ewing's is 50%, and has no known cure for recurrence.