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(Posted 9:30 p.m., Feb. 17)
Young cancer survivor gives back with a little help from her friends

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

BFFs Madison (left) and Abby spent Family Day making Rainbow bracelets with a few friends to raise money for the Children's Wish Foundation. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Madison White doesn't remember ever having cancer or going through the chemotherapy treatments and the liver transplant that would make her better. After all how could she, she was only six months old at the time.

But she does know that she's a cancer survivor thanks to her mother who donated a portion of her own liver, and the doctors and staff at the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, where she had her operation, and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, where she goes for continued support, who have devoted their lives to treating kids in similar circumstances.

And although she's been in remission for nearly 10 years, she takes every opportunity she can to support the fight against cancer. One organization that's near and dear to her heart is the Children's Wish Foundation which sent her and her family on a trip to Disney World when she was four years old.

For Christmas, Madison received a Rainbow Loom which makes rubberized bracelets and other jewelry out of small, multi-coloured rubber rings.

It didn't take long for the enterprising young girl to come up with an idea to use the loom to raise money for Children's Wish. After joining forces with her best friend Abby, the two girls started turning out bracelets which they sold to family members and other friends.

Her grandmother then sent out a Facebook blast which generated more than 20 orders, including one order for 30 bracelets for a local minor hockey team.

A bracelet can take up to 10 or 15 minutes to make. Faced with an influx of orders, Madison decided to call in some reinforcements in the form of seven other girls with Rainbow Looms. On Family Day they held a looming party at Madison's house. Together they made over 40 bracelets and managed to raise over $270.

But they're not stopping there. The girls are going to keep making bracelets as long as people keep ordering them. The cost is whatever people decide to donate.

"We're going to keep it going and hopefully we get more and more money because there's lots of children out there in the world who need help," says Madison.

To order a bracelet simply e-mail allimad22@yahoo.com. All of the proceeds raised will go to the Children's Wish Foundation.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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