Madeline’s Story

Site created on June 15, 2018

On June 5th, Maddie was still on the softball field with the Loudoun Valley varsity team, competing in the state quarterfinals and leading her team in batting average. On June 6th, Maddie was being seen at urgent care because she just wasn't feeling well; what we thought was a minor issue turned out to be a cancerous mass in her abdomen that was roughly the size of a football.  Technical diagnosis: a stage 3 ovarian cancer, it was a germ cell tumor of the yolk sac variety; something extremely rare. It was removed, along with an affected lymph node, on June 18th, and she began her first of 3 cycles of chemotherapy on June 27th.  We are grateful for all of the support , love, and prayers--you can follow along with Maddie's journey here, but also by checking out the #Tealfor2 hashtag her softball organization created on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Teal is for ovarian cancer, and #2 is what Maddie has always worn on the softball field.

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Journal entry by Heather Elias

The call came later in the day than expected, but the news was worth the wait. Madeline's scans were clear, and she is CANCER FREE.

Pardon us while we celebrate. A lot. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you for standing beside us through this.
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