Maggie Schmidt was a healthy, vibrant and beautiful 16 year old girl when she was suddenly diagnosed in October 2016 with a very rare and aggressive cancer - Malignant Rhabdoid Tumors.
Maggie, her family, her Oncologist and a team of Doctors and Nurses at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC worked together to battle the cancer with various chemotherapy treatments and surgeries but unfortunately, Maggie lost her battle on June 1, 2017. Cancer robbed her of a full life. This was a difficult and painful journey for such a young person, yet Maggie faced her situation with courage and dignity. Maggie asked us before she died to help other children and young adults dealing with this devastating disease. This has now become Maggie's Mission.
Together through our various fundraising events: Cycle for Survival, Singing for Sloan (spearheaded by Maggie's High School and High School friends); and Maggie's Mission GoFundMe page, we've already raised and almost $48,000.00 to Memorial Sloan Kettering to fund research to find a cure for Malignant Rhabdoid Tumor. This was Maggie's dying wish. We have obtained our official 501 (c)3 non-profit status for "Maggie's Mission ". Our mission is to raise awareness and find a cure for rare pediatric cancers by granting funds to promising research endeavors. We also wish to provide relief and assistance to families dealing with rare pediatric cancer through specialized grants.
With love and thanks from the family of Maggie Schmidt.
- Annemarie Panettieri
- Daniel Heneghan
- Darlene Ritchie
- Joanne Gallo
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