15th Birthday (June 2022)

Madison Smith Madison Jane Smith

First post: Jan 9, 2023 Latest post: Apr 28, 2024
Welcome to our Caring Bridge website.  

Madison’s cancer battle started in August 2021 when we were on a family vacation in Hawaii and she became ill.   She spent 2 weeks in the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Kids where she had stricture, a foot of her colon and 23 lymph nodes removed.  We learned there that she had Stage 3 colorectal cancer. When we got back to Maryland, Madison went through 12 rounds of chemotherapy. In March 2022 she completed her treatment, had clean scans and was in remission!  

Colorectal cancer is not a kid cancer… roughly 80 kids per year get this disease – so her oncology team (from Children’s National Hospital + consultations from a “Tumor Board” from other top hospitals) put her on a quarterly scan schedule to monitor her health. 

We are thankful for those regular scans because the routine scans in December showed that the cancer had come back – in the form of a tumor in her pelvis and bone lesions.  No one expected this reoccurrence, nor did they expect it 9 months after completing her last round of treatment.

Madison had a port installed on January 5th and started her first round of chemotherapy on January 10th.  She will be in in-patient treatment every-other-week (Tuesday-Thursday) for 4 months and the doctors plan to remove the pelvic tumor (ideally after it shrinks from treatment).  Next steps after that are TBD.

We are using this site to keep family and friends updated on Madison's health. We appreciate your prayers, support and words of encouragement.  She’s a tough kid and we are confident she’ll be back to golfing, swimming and doing all the things she loves to do again soon.