Sunday, April 22, 2007

Over The Weekend: Kids for Kids Walk 2007

I volunteer for a non-profit organization called Madisons Foundation. After I had the opportunity to meet Marcy Smith and her daughter Madison a few years ago, I knew I wanted to be part of this special cause. Today we had our Kids for Kids Walk. It is one of the fundraisers that we have during the year. It is a day of eating (hence why I have to share it!), laughing, balloons, face painting, playing with lizards, to celebrating the victory of the finish line. It's a day that will make a difference in the life of families across the country.

Madisons foundation is an anacronym for Moms And Dads In Search Of Needed Support. They are dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of information available to parents of children with rare, life-threatening diseases, and to facilitating effective communication amongst parents, physicians and medical experts.

Marcy Smith started this foundation when her daughter Madison was diagnosed with a tumor that was so rare that no information or support was available. The information out there was written for doctors and not parents. She needed help so she created a foundation that would help parents like herself facing these horrible challenges.

Their website is designed as an online community where parents have access to valuable data resources about rare, life-threatening diseases in children, as well as to other parents in similar straits. Their fundraisers keep this website up and running.

It was a good day. A day of hope and a day of fun!



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