Amie and Andy Marzen have been a living example of kindness and generosity to their community for their two kids, Madeline and Benjamin. It's now time for their community to support them.
Everyone who knows Madeline knows her bright smile, inquisitive and playful 4-year-old spirit, and killer dance party moves. She is the world's best big sister and friend. On August 8th, 2017, doctors found an inoperable brain tumor, located at the top of Madeline's brain stem, along with several lesions in her spine. After spending time in both Portland and Boston for many procedures and monitoring, Madeline has been diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. While this is difficult news and a very serious diagnosis, we have come a long way from the terminal and un-treatable type of tumor this was initially thought to be. The tumor is still inoperable due to its location, but it IS treatable, and it CAN be cured. The statistics are still not great, but Madeline is going to improve them. There ARE success stories, and if anyone can beat the odds, Madeline is the superhero who can do it.
Treatment will include intensive chemotherapy and radiation over the course of the next one and a half to two years, both in Portland and in Boston. This is going to be a long road. The Marzens have been told that they are likely to be spending more time IN the hospital than out over the next year or two, including a six week stay in Boston for very specific radiation treatment. This is going to be a long road, and there are many challenges ahead. Amie and Andy will need the love, support, and generosity of their community in the coming year. Donations will be used to pay medical expenses, expenses for the Marzens to travel for treatment, and to compensate for lost wages so both Amie and Andy can support Madeline in any way needed.
If you do not feel comfortable donating online but still wish to support the Marzen family financially, Amie and Andy could also use donations in the form of gas cards or Amazon cards. If you are local to Bath, ME, and can donate the gift of time through helping Amie and Andy maintain their home when they are away, that would also be helpful. Please contact Trevor or Carrie for more information:
Carrie: [email protected] or Trevor: [email protected]
Most importantly, continued prayers, thoughts, and strength from their community are needed to lift this family through this journey.