Remembering Maddie - The Calgary Marathon Charity Challenge
Three years ago, Madison Hirlehey lost her battle with cancer.
She was 11 years old.
Her dad is my friend, and co-worker, and today at work we're wearing pink to show support for him and to remember Maddie.
Maddie was diagnosed with Acute T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma when she was four years old. She bravely battled cancer for seven years.
As a parent, I can't imagine anything worse than losing your child. I know Steve still struggles with how much he misses her every single day.
Since her death, Steve has kept her memory alive through a memory golf tournament. He also started a production company called "Madison Avenue Productions." He still works on the bright pink laptop, covered in butterfly stickers, that belonged to his daughter.
He loves to talk about her.
Throughout her seven year cancer battle, Steve and his family spent a lot of time at the Ronald McDonald House. Sometimes their stays were short but other times they were much longer. At one point, they lived in the house for almost ten months straight.
The Ronald McDonald house provides a home-like atmosphere for out-of-town families whose children require medical attention in a Calgary hospital. They can accommodate 23 families. They have a fitness room, craft room, library and large outdoor play areas.
Since opening their doors, 30 years ago, they have served over 18,000 families.
This year, I'll be running the Calgary Marathon in support of the Ronald McDonald House and Maddie.
I've set my goal at $250.00.
While every effort is made to ensure the cost of maintaining and operating The House is kept to a minimum, the annual operating budget is 3.1 million dollars.
If you're able to make a donation you can do so by clicking HERE.
Hi, I'm Kaella, a single mom, reporter and avid runner. I love sharing my workouts, race-recaps, and experiences in group fitness class, with you. I also talk about my four-year-old son London a lot. I'm slightly obsessed with NYC, Starbucks and 5 Cent Candies.