|Updated: 9/07/2013 2:09 pm
||Published: 9/07/2013 3:58 am
A local mother is doing everything she can to help her daughter, who has leukemia. Just a little more than two months ago, 15-year-old Madison Mcintosh was a dancer on her school dance team, but now she's spending most of her time in a hospital room.
Last Friday night, Madison's friends and family changed the word "impossible" to "is-possible. T-shirts were sold in Madison's honor and a bucket was passed around Memorial Stadium to make sure her family focus is on helping her get better, instead of how much money treatment is going to cost.
Madison's mother tells FOX23 that before Madison was diagnosed, she could tell Madison wasn't feeling quite. "She was really fatigued and lethargic and wasn't really able to function. She was staying in bed quite a bit," Madison's mother, Shanan, and her friends on the dance team were in shock when they heard about Madison's condition but her family didn't give up. Madison's mom and sister, Chelsea, took action right away. Shanan tells FOX23, "we were in school and business. and we just closed everything and are focusing on Madison's return to health.
says the mounting medical bills are always in the back of her mind. She said, "I have my home, utilities and the bill there. I also have my business finances that I have to maintain. And then obviously we have what comes up in the future." Shanan means the medical bills. Madison is undergoing five rounds of chemotherapy and she and her family will soon go to Texas for a bone marrow transplant.
Thankfully, the community is there to help. Madison goes to school at Sand Springs. She tells us, the Sandites are a tight-knit group. The kids at her school raised more than $1,200 at their most recent pep assembly. This past Friday night, it was the fans turn to lend a helping hand. Shanan told us, "we have a lot of people that want to step forward and help and we've been really grateful for that."
Madison's friends say it's the least they can do because Madison has changed their lives and the lives of so many in her community without even knowing it. One friend said watching Madison keep strong and happy when she's sick was "really inspiring." The members of her dance team had their heads shaved, to show their support. Madison's sister, Chelsea, did the same, shaving an entire side of her head.
If you'd like to help Madison and her family just go to www.madisonsmissionispossible.com or you can go to any Bank of Oklahoma location and donate under the name Madison McIntosh Contribution Fund.