Pediatric oncologist, Dr. Peter Anderson of the Cleveland Clinic, whose sub-specialty is osteosarcoma, encouraged Barbie to bring Maddie to Cleveland for treatment...and while the family made that brave journey, Team Maddie was born.
An unexpected wave of support and love came from all over the world as Maddie's family, friends and the community came together to help. Prayer chains and kind wishes poured in as Maddie's smile and courageous spirit seemed to inspire loved ones and strangers alike. Barbie and Mike were blessed by people giving whatever they could to help with exorbitant medical and travel expenses.
Maddie fought a long and hard fight in Cleveland, where she participated in an experimental protocol using Radium223, an injectable form of radiation never used on a cancer of her kind before. Though it was too late to save her life, the therapy she had showed great promise and it was helpful in reducing her tumors.