Speake, Ala. – The line wrapped all the way around the room as family, friends, and neighbors waited to be served during Mady Kelsoe’s Swamp Johns fundraiser on Tuesday afternoon. It would remain this way throughout the event. In just over three hours, over 600 plates had been served and 77 pints of blood had been donated. Ashley Kelsoe, Macy’s mother said, “The turnout was amazing!”
In the fall of 2015, during a softball practice, Mady started showing strange symptoms after rounding second base and tweaking her ankle. After a doctor had a gut feeling that Mady needed a CT after having joint pain, fevers, and some abnormal blood work, it was determined that Mady had stage 4 neuroblastoma. On that day Mady was admitted to the hospital and spent the next six months doing chemo. At the time, she was eight years old. Since then, it has been difficult, but the Kelsoe’s put their faith in God.
In recent months, the family has been talking with Dr. Brian Kushner, who is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist in New York, New York, and is affiliated with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Kushner has told the family that he has a lot of hope for Mady. With that, the family is getting ready to travel to NYC to Memorial Sloan Kettering for a chemo regimen. Dr. Kushner has also said that he has a promising FDA approved antibody treatment that is really showing great results.
The Kelsoe family continues to pray that God continues to lead them in the right path to get to hear the words cancer-free again.
If you would like to help the family with expenses associated with Mady’s treatment, there are a few ways to do so. You can donate at any Family Security Credit Union location to the Mady Hope For A Cure account, you can donate through PayPal, or you can donate to through the GoFundMe page. You can follow Mady’s road to recovery by joining Prayer Warriors For Madison on Facebook. Most importantly, please keep Mady in your prayers.