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7th Annual Kansas ExplosionII Girls Fastpitch Cancer Benefit Tournament Oct. 23rd, 24th, and 25th 2015 Recipeint Madison Smith
Johnnie Hill, along with the committee for the “Kansas ExplosionII Girls Fastpitch Cancer Benefit Tournament” are proud to announce our recipient for our 7th annual tournament to be held Oct. 23rd, 24th, and 25th 2015.
Madison Smith is a 16 year old girl from Louisburg, Ks. who enjoys Band, Choir, and Art and was nominated by her Aunt Cailin Chapman. Madison, along with her Mom (Angilee Smith), and 2 brothers (Brandon 15yrs and Dylan 13yrs), bought a house in Louisburg in March of 2014 after Angilee (a single Mom) finished putting herself thru college to start a new career. Angilee had a new career, a new house, and what seemed like a great new start for her and her children. Then the news she received on Sept. 5, 2014 knocked her feet out from under her. Her 15 year old daughter had just been diagnosed with “Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia” .
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.) is not the type of cancer we usually think of with tumors that can sometimes be removed, or located in a certain area of your body. A.L.L. is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell). It is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow and is a cancer that can get out of control quickly if not treated early and aggressively. It attacks the red blood cells that carry oxygen and other substances to all tissues of the body, and the bone marrow. This can cause internal bleeding, severe bruising, and lack of oxygen to vital organs.
Madison has completed 1 year of her 2 and1/2 year Chemo treatment program. She missed her entire Sophomore year last year from being so ill, and this year is homeschooling and taking classes online to try and get caught up so that hopefully next year she will be able to join the rest of her classmates for her Senior year.
Madison has reached the maintenance stage of her treatment, taking Chemo at home every day and only having to see the Dr. every 4 wks instead of once or twice a week. During her treatment, Madison has been very ill off and on over this last year including sometime spent in the hospital from being so ill. Madison goes to physical therapy for scoliosis which was caused by this disease. There is a 76% survival rate with A.L.L. if treated properly.
This family really needs a hand up.During all of this with Madison, Angilee’s 15yr old son just had a very serious surgery a month ago where they had to place a metal bar under his rib cage to lift his chest up and away from his heart and lungs so that they can function properly. Due to all of the health issues with Madison and Brandon, Angilee had to leave her full time job as a Dental Hygienist to be available for Doctor appointments and to care for her children. At this time she is working thru a temp service so that if there is an appointment scheduled or someone is ill, she can be there for her children.
Let’s make our 7th Annual Kansas ExplosionII Girls Fastpitch Cancer Benefit Tournament the best one yet and give this family a hand up.
Thank you very much for your participation in this great event and we can’t wait to see you all on Oct. 23rd, 24th, and 25th.
Johnnie Hill and the "Kansas ExplosionII Girls Fastpitch Cancer Benefit" committee.
Note: Madison's cancer ribbon color is orange. She also has a Facebook page if you would like to follow her story. The Facebook page name is kind of long: Madison's "this is what maintenance looks like" cancer recovery