FRASER, Mich. (WXYZ) - ‘Maddy Strong’ is a phrase that’s been sweeping the Fraser community as they ban together working to make life a little easier for a 5-year-old who has a long, tough battle ahead.
Maddy Brewster was born with Down syndrome has now been diagnosed with cancer.
After the diagnosis, it didn’t take long for those who’ve met the spunky, sweet little girl to put together an event to support her.
“Her goal in life, her mission in life is to be an inspiration to everyone she meets,” mom Wendy said.
Born with Down syndrome, Bill and Wendy Brewster knew life would present Madison with challenges which is something Bill’s a pro a handling. He’s a retired Detroit Police Officer, currently with the Frasier Department of Public Safety and volunteer firefighter for the City of Clawson.
But all that training could have never prepared him for the phone call they received in May learning Maddy had leukemia.
“The saddest thing is not being able to go to kindergarten like all of her other friends,” Wendy said.
She has a rare form of the sickness, something found in only six other children in the world and requiring at least two and a half years of chemotherapy.
“Children shouldn’t even have cancer to begin with,” Wendy said.
But Maddy takes it all in stride, through the pokes, tests and losing her hair. It’s a strength that’s been branded “Maddy Strong.”
“We say Maddy Strong, she’s the strongest little girl I’ve ever met,” Bill said.
Her battle comes with endless medical bills, leaving the Brewster’s a single income family, something Frasier Public Safety officers have stepped up to help supplement.
“It helps us get through what we need to get through which is taking care of her and putting that priority there so it really gives us something to take off our shoulders,” Bill and Wendy said.
They’re throwing a spaghetti dinner fundraiser complete with a speed artist and raffle.
“She’s got a bright future,” Bill said. “She’s got a mission in life.”