Madeline was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) in January 2009, four days before her 14th birthday. Her parents took her for bloodwork after her dance teacher noticed large bruises on her legs. Madeline spent nine days in the hospital, receiving chemotherapy and apheresis treatments. She now takes one Gleevec pill a day to stay in remission—something she will have to do every day for the rest of her life. Madeline has learned many life lessons from fighting cancer including the importance of faith, research and a positive attitude.

Madeline is the youngest of four children. She graduated from Georgia Tech and recently got married!