Meet Maggie - A Success Story (19 Photos)
By: Pat | October 18, 2015Ever wonder how helpful your race fees are to the Charity? Read the story of Maggie, the girl behind Maggie's Mermaids 5K!
I have been pretty open lately about my lack of understanding about just how many lives our races touch and this note I recieved from Deborah Tiller, friend of Kim Holton whose daughter, Maggie, who suffered neuroblastoma, reached my inbox, I jumped at the opportunity to share. This is an incredible story that can only be shared by her mother, Kim, and Deborah. Please read... - Pat
August 8, 2014 was the day that changed our lives forever. Our precious daughter Maggie had a low grade fever that would not go away. I had taken her to an urgent care at the beach and they told me it was just a virus. But when we got home, the fever continued. - Kim Holton (Maggie's Mom)
So we took her to see Dr. McGuffin who also seemed to think it was a virus, but thankfully decided to do some lab work to make sure. This decision was the key to Maggie's treatment success. Her bloodwork indicated that she was anemic and there where some juvenile blood cells that caused concern. He consulted with the pediatric oncologist who wanted to do a bone marrow biopsy to rule out leukemia. Dr. Mogul looked at the marrow and was very confident that she did not have leukemia, it probably was just a virus.
We were very relieved and went home and took a nap. Around 6 that evening Dr. Mogul called to tell us that pathology had looked at her biopsy and Maggie did not have leukemia, but neuroblastoma. We were devastated. - Kim Holton (Maggie's Mom)
We took her to the hospital that evening for tests. The scans confirmed neuroblastoma stage 4 high risk. Maggie had an 8 cm tumor wrapped around her right kidney. It had completely overtaken her adrenal gland and was wrapped around her main artery. It was in 85% of her bone marrow. Dr mogul worked very quickly. Maggie had her port in and started her first chemotherapy on August 12.- Kim Holton (Maggie's Mom)
Since then Maggie had had 5 rounds of chemotherapy, 2 surgeries, stem cell harvest, another round of chemo, a bone marrow transplant, 12 radiation treatments, 4 antibody treatments, countless scans, blood transfusions, platelet transfusions, dr visits, dressing changes, shots, and doses of medicine. We have spent over 50 nights in the hospital. I never knew how strong my family was until we started our cancer fight. - Kim Holton (Maggie's Mom)
Since then Maggie had had 5 rounds of chemotherapy, 2 surgeries, stem cell harvest, another round of chemo, a bone marrow transplant, 12 radiation treatments, 4 antibody treatments, countless scans, blood transfusions, platelet transfusions, dr visits, dressing changes, shots, and doses of medicine. We have spent over 50 nights in the hospital. I never knew how strong my family was until we started our cancer fight.
Our community and friends have restored my faith in humanity. We have received so much love, so many prayers, and an incredible amount of financial support. My Macy's family has helped me in countless ways. Our friends, family and medical team have been there every step of the way. - Kim Holton (Maggie's Mom)
And throughout this journey, Maggie has remained strong. She has shown us all the true meaning of strength. She remained true to her motto of "Fight! Fight! Fight!" Maggie has inspired so many people in their battles with cancer and other diseases. It is amazing!
I'm honored that I was chosen to be her mother and humbled to call you all my friends and family. - Kim Holton (Maggie's Mom)
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will continue to fight, because neuroblastoma is sneaky. It hides, and is a diabolical disease. Notorious for hiding. We will never stop fighting to keep it away!!!
Thank you for continuing to pray for Maggie and following her journey!! She's going to amazing things with her life. - Kim Holton (Maggie's Mom)
Everyone's participation in last year's race was greatly appreciated. The money raised paid the family mortgage for nearly five months.
This allowed Kim to take the needed time off work to travel to the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio for days and and sometimes weeks to be by her daughter's side during treatments.
Maggie crossing the finish line in the Barboursville Park in 2014.
Maggie during treatment.
Maggie just turned 5 years old!
She is considered "no evidence of disease" but will continue experimental treatments for the next 28 months to increase her chances of long term remission. -Deborah Tiller (Race Director)
We hope you will join us again for a fun day of running / walking to help Maggie's family with upcoming travel and medical expenses.
Let's help Maggie "Fight! Fight! Win!" against cancer! -Deborah Tiller (Race Director)
I try not to use a picture twice, but this is too important. Last year, when Maggie crossed our finish line, no one knew if she would EVER be able to do that again.
Come out and celebrate this young girl and her amazing fight and be there when she crosses the finish line again?
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Robin winkleblack - 3 years agoYou are so strong and I love your motto fight fight fight because that's what you've done keep fighting and kick cancers butt!