When we first learned Maddie was sick, we were devastated, but this amazing child wouldn’t let us dwell. She rallied us together and she boldly took charge of her fight. So many nights while she slept, I just stared at her in amazement. It was an honor to be the mother of such a beautiful soul. Her courage and her unyielding desire to beat the monster that was trying to steal her from us was nothing short of inspiring. As she slowly began to show signs that her battle was taking a toll on her, we made sure she knew that we loved her enough to respect her decision if fighting so hard became too much.
With grace and bravery, our sweet Maddie has decided it is time to rest. I know that if she was able to keep fighting for Mackenzie, Mike and me she would. She loved us so. She is free now…free from suffering and pain. She made her bold and beautiful mark in this world; filling our hearts with joy and happy memories and connecting the lives of friends and strangers alike. We will return to Florida with her, where we will honor her memory by celebrating her beautiful, though too short, time on this earth.
Thank you for the love, support, prayers and thoughts. Maddie loved every one of you.