Sunday, May 19, 2013

Please Send A Smile to Maddy!






Hi Bloggers!!  You may remember back in July of 2012, we introduced you to this beautiful and brave young girl, Maddy Justice.  She sadly was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and went through chemotherapy treatment, followed by a stem cell transplant from her (then) fifteen year old sister Melanie.

Three months later, we were thrilled to report to you in this blog that Maddy seemed to be on the road to recovery!  This January, we learned that she had relapsed, which unfortunately means she's going to have to go through this very physical and emotional pain again.

That being said, we were overwhelmed and so happy with the response to our card drive last year, and we can also assure you that your cards and LOVE really touched Maddy.  She found herself looking forward to the cards every day, and even made a game out of where in the world the cards came from with her family.  They used a world map to locate the card origins! We're hoping you can help lift her spirits again!!

Pictured above: Maddy's painting she gave to a friend.

Just to give you an idea at the amazing spirit and determination of this young girl I'd like to include a quote from her post in Caring Bridge back in January:

"For this battle, I am not just going to fight for me. I am going to fight for the fallen. I am going to fight for every child who couldn't. I am going to fight for every child whos soul left the Earth too quickly. I am going to fight for my friends who have gone too soon. And once again, I am going to fight for my Lola. This time I am ready. I am ready  to charge at this thing. I am ready to fight. Let's do this."

We ask you to please open your hearts & crafting supplies once again and make a card for Maddy and send them to this address:

Target House 2
Maddy Justice-Room 416
1811 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104


Please visit Caringbridge.org and check in on Maddy’s progress.  She has her own site - maddyjustice (no capitals or spaces in the name). Marizel, Maddy’s mother journals about her experiences with contributions from Tim, Melanie, and Maddy, herself.  If you can’t make a card, they offer e-cards to send, but we all know how special a hand crafted card is.

Thank you so very much!




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32 comments:

  1. Oh no poor girl. Life just isn´t always fair is it? Unbelievable that someone sooo young has to keep fighting this soo hard, while my old aunt, who´s passed the 100 y.o. is almost beegging to get her peace now, but keeps hangin on to life. And even we´ve always learned, that things happens for a reason, it can sometimes be hard to see what that reason is, don´t it?
    I really hope, that Maddy is going to fight it this time and get her wonderful life back without anymore illness too, so she and her family can get back to a normal and good life again.

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  2. Thank you for sharing Maddy's story with us. I admire her for her courage and I would love to send her a card with encouragement and let her know I'm cheering her on.

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  3. Amazing young lady. I'm sorry to hear she has to go through all of this again.

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  4. Amazing young lady. I'm sorry to hear she has to go through all of this again.

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  5. Amazing young lady. I'm sorry to hear she has to go through all of this again.

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  6. It breaks my heart to hear of a young person so ill, but her indomitable spirit brings tears to my eyes. I'm off to a crop today to make cards, usually for Operation Write Home, but today there will be one for Maddy.

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  7. thanks for sharing the card drive for maddy, will send a card her way. thinking its great that she track's them from all over the world

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  8. Thank you for sharing Maddy's story. I'll be sending hand crafted cards to her! CaringBridge is a wonderful site for families to update their friends and families. Our Sister-in-law used it when our nephew was fighting ALL (another type of leukemia).

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  9. I will be mailing off a couple cards to Maddy with hopes of cheering her up. So glad you are doing this for her.

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  10. I've been following Maddy through CARING BRIDGE since the first card drive...Not only is MADDY a WARRIOR with a FANTASTIC additude during her journey through cancer but her FAMILY is a shining example of COURAGE and LOVE. I find that I am blessed with each post they make.

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  11. I have copied down the address. Thanks for sharing the story and letting us know how we can help.

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  12. Thank you for sharing Maddy's story with us. I will continue to send her cards and pray for her complete recovery! She has incredible courage and an amazing spirit, and I hope our cards help to give her the strength she needs to fight this battle!

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  13. I will send a card to Maddy, what a brave girl!

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  14. Oh no I'm so sorry to hear sweet Maddy has had a relapse. A card will be coming Maddy's way.
    Thanks for keeping us updated xx

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  15. I will make one and send one for sure when I return. My nephew has undergone cancer treatments for two years, and had a caringbrige site. They are wonder for the patient and the family. Prayers and love sent her way from NYC.

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  16. I've shared a link to this post on my blog, to spread the word about the Cards For Maddy Drive. I feel very strongly about this, because our nephew fought leukemia. Those hospital stays can be very long and difficult.
    www.susiewitter.com

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  17. My husband has lung cancer that has metastasized to his brain. He's as handsome as ever with no hair! You are a beautiful girl and for you and my husband and all those who can relate, we say too, "Together We Fight!" Best to you! :)

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  18. Thanks for the update about Maddy, I'll be glad to send her a card. TFS

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  19. Cool beans. I love card drives. What a way to put some great cards out to great people.
    What an excellent idea. You guys are always so unselfish with EVERYTHING. You guys rock

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  20. I am not sure I can right now since I am in the middle of packing and moving. I am sending Prayers for Maddy and her family always. I am going to try and see if I have anything that is not packed as of yet though. You guys blow me away by doing this. This is so wonderful of you.

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  21. What a strong, beautiful, determined young lady. Thanks for sharing her story with us and I would love to send a card or two.

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  22. I'm in tears. All I can say is may she stayed strong and fighting. Blessings!!! I will send a card and forward this to my friends. I will keep her in my prayers. Go Maddy.

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  23. May the God of HOPE bring joy and peace as we trust in Him, so we may overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit!!! Romans 15:13. Lifting up prayers for Maddy ♥

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  24. my daughter and i will definitely be making and sending some cards! sending all our love & prayers to Maddy!

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  25. Thank you so much for sharing this. Maddy's fight is so heart-reaching, and so very inspiring at the same time. This post blesses us to know how we can send some love and encouragement to Maddy.

    (((hugs)))
    Bev Gerard

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  26. Sending a huge, gentle hug to Maddy and her family. I am sure they are all going through a very difficult and gruelling time.

    I will keep them all in my thoughts and send a card asap.

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  27. Thank you so much for posting Maddy's story. I was so moved by it and was happy to send her some sunshine.

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  28. Thank you for sharing this news with us again! I sent her a card last year and I will send another one. God Bless her!

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  29. Thank you so much for sharing Maddie's story. It breaks my heart for her and for her entire family. One of the things that really got to me was that she has to be separated from her mother, father, and sister for extended periods of time while she's in the hospital, so I am sending a card specifically to Maddie, but also some cards, with envelopes and postage, for her to send out to her friends and family. God Bless!

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