Help Mady!

For: Madyson O'Brien
Organizer: Friends of the O'Brien's
Help Mady! (Madyson O'Brien )
$1,575
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 15 donors
15% Complete
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The Story

Madyson O'Brien is a smart and brave 7 Year old girl. She was diagnosed on May 28th of this year with Medulloblastoma a fast growing, high-grade tumor located in her brain. She had the tumor removed two days later, and Mady is currently halfway through a 6 week radiation treatment period with a 6 week break to recuperate. She then will start ardent chemo treatments for 6-8 months. Her parents James and Dana and of couse her little brother Jayden have been by her side every step of the way.
Mady is a strong, willful and amazing little girl who goes to treatment every day with a smile and never complains about any of the side effects that come with it or the fact that it is cutting into her summer vacation. She is truly an inspiration to us all!

Please help Mady!!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 12, 2014

Posted on February 12, 2014

Round # 6 has begun! These last 2 chemo's have been the hardest on Mady's little body. Normally she handles the chemo pretty well with more fatigue than anything. This round is a little worse, she has been feeling sick to her tummy alot more so she hasn't been eating that much. Last night was the last (thank goodness) of her really hard chemo Cisplatin and today she has been sick a couple times and has said she is just tired and feels yucky. She really isn't used to throwing up like this and even said that she was scared! Still in all of this she remains positive and smiling-she truly is the bravest person I know!
We can hardly believe that this is the last chemo treatment, it seems like this has been a really long, hard road and we can't believe we are at the end of it! Mady's road to recovery is going to be a long one but she is a fighter and will WIN!
Thank you again for your support, your love and wonderful words of encouragement!
Love,
James, Dana, mady and Jayden

Posted on January 27, 2014

Posted on January 27, 2014

Happy New Year! Unfortunately for Mady the New Year holiday was spent in the hospital for 10 days fighting a staph infection in her port which ended up having to be removed. She was home for a week and then was re-admitted for round 5 chemo and surgery to place a new power port. Now as I write this we are back here in the hospital for a fever. Hope to be home by the end of the week. This New Year has been very trying and hard for us but we look forward to chemo #6 our last one around February 12th! Once Mady recovers from her last round of chemo and starts to feel better she has a list that she has started of all the things she wants to do to celebrate. Number one on the list is picking out a new friends for home a Teddy Bear Hamster! Number 2 is a 2 night stay at the Disneyland Hotel and the list goes on! 
Thank you again for your support, your prayers, your positive thoughts and kind words of encouragement for Mady and our family. Words can't express our grattitude!
Much Love,
The O'Brien Family

Posted on December 7, 2013

Posted on December 7, 2013

Happy December! We have much to be thankful for this year and we intend to enjoy every minute of this holiday season. Our sweet Mady is such a trooper, she has endured 31 rounds of radiation along with daily low doses of chemo in July and August and as of November 19th she finished round 3 of her 6 high dose inpatient chemo sessions. She is doing ok, lost alot of weight which seems to be the real struggle at the moment. We are just hoping that she can stay above the weight requirement to avoid a feeding tube. Her spirits remain very high with all that she has been through in the past 6 months and we are just so grateful that our girl is a fighter and remains happy during all of her treatments.
To impart some happy news we received, Mady's dog Meko who was stolen on a trip to Arizona in July of 2012 was found!!! He was picked up wandering the streets in Prescott Arizona and taken to the Yavapai Humane Society who scanned for a chip and contacted us on November 12th, 2013. Mady declared that day as the happiest day ever and James traveled more than 500 miles each way to bring her best friend home. Meko has since then has resumed normal life sleeping each night with Mady and spending as much time as he can with her when he isn't teaching manners to our newest furry friend Joey who we adopted 2 days before Mady's diagnosis.
Our family has been through many lows since Mady was diagnosed and this was a very happy and joyus event which we hope to be the first of many.
Next treatment date is scheduled for December 13th, fingers crossed that she makes counts so we don't have to spend Christmas in the Hospital.
Thank you so much for the love, support and prayers for our little angel and family, we feel them every day!




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