Maddi was living the normal life of a high-schooler when just days after her seventeenth birthday her chronic headaches worsened and became debilitating. While driving to a normal doctor checkup, she experienced vision loss while driving on a major highway. Her mom then took her to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where first her symptoms were diagnosed as another chronic migraine headache. But after further testing, scans revealed devastating news – Maddi had a mass in her brain between her pituitary gland and brain stem.
To aggressively fight the tumor, Maddi endured three surgeries, including an 11-hour brain operation. Maddi experienced memory loss, along with many other symptoms.
In close collaboration with Nationwide Children ’s, nationally-ranked Neurology and Neuro-Oncology services, Craniofacial Center, and nationally-accredited Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Program, we care for patients from birth to age 21, and select adults with congenital neurological disorders. We provide initial consultation, surgery, post-operative care and rehabilitation.
For some, an incredibly difficult experience like this would cause discouragement or bitterness – but not for Maddi. Maddi’s experiences have driven her toward a desire to make a difference in the lives of others. She is closely involved with local nonprofit organizations and actively raises money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
This past December, Maddi created “The Snowflake Movement,” as a way to spread holiday cheer to inpatients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital during the winter months and holidays. Maddi coordinated with schools from all over Central Ohio to make paper snowflakes for the windows of patient rooms of the hospital. Due to her efforts, over 4,500 beautiful snowflakes covered the windows of the hospital.
“I like to give back to others. That’s my passion. I’m always thinking of ways to put smiles on others’ faces,” says Maddi.