Pediatric oncologist, Dr. Peter Anderson of the Cleveland Clinic, whose sub-specialty is osteosarcoma, encouraged Barbie to bring Maddie to Cleveland for treatment...and while the family made that brave journey, Team Maddie was born.
To help with the expense of transporting Maddie, relocating the family temporarily, and exorbitant medical bills for treatments that are not covered by insurance, Team Maddie began looking for creative ways to raise money. As Maddie's family, friends, and the community came together to help, an unexpected wave of support and love came from all over the world. Prayer chains and kind wishes poured in as Maddie's smile and courageous spirit seemed to inspire loved ones and strangers alike.
Maddie fought a long and hard fight in Cleveland, where she participated in an experimental protocol using Radium223, an injectable form of radiation never used on a cancer of her kind before. Though it was too late to save her life, the therapy showed great promise and it was helpful in reducing her tumors.
Though she knew her treatment was not a guarantee, she was passionate about using her situation to help others. Her courage paved the way for patients to receive insurance approval for innovative treatments.