13, 2002 - August 31, 2005
March 27, 2003, at age one year, Maddy was
diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
This is a rare leukemia for children as it's
usually found in older adults. When Maddy was
diagnosed, the leukemia had infiltrated her
liver, spleen and pancreas. After the first
round of chemotherapy, all the organs returned
Since being diagnosed, Maddy
has amazed us with her tenacious determination -
she is a strong-willed child who is extremely
happy despite the treatment she goes through.
Maddy was in remission from September 2003 until
December 2003 when she relapsed. She underwent a
bone marrow transplant on February 24, 2004 at
Duke University Hospital in Durham, North
Carolina. After 5 1/2 months in North Carolina,
Maddy went home and has been treated through the
outpatient clinic through Kaiser Hospital in
On December 7, 2004
Maddy relapsed once again and we were all
devastated. Since she still had 80% donor cells,
we are currently treating her with Mylotarg and
have returned to Duke for DLI (Donor Lymphocyte
The little Queen
that we have all come to love so dearly took her
last earthly breath this morning at 7:45 a.m.
Eastern time. She was held by her mom and dad.
Please keep Joe, Richelle, Ethan and their
entire family in your
(Posted August 31,