Celebrating Madi Taylor
In Memory of
Madison Georgine Taylor
July 1, 2003 - October 15, 2017
Our sweet baby, Madison Georgine Taylor passed away on October 15, 2017, at 10:20 PM. She spent her last hours with her brother Nicholas and puppy Cooper. She is and always will be a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter, a niece, a cousin a friend and one who will be remembered for her playful spirit, beautiful smile and great laugh. We will mourn her greatly but she is no longer in pain, no longer suffering and finally finding the peace she so desperately deserves after putting up such a long and grueling fight…..
In lieu of sending flowers and in honor of our sweet daughter, Madison Taylor, please consider giving to our Miracle Maker website. We are working with the Rady Foundation to ensure these funds are directed to enhancing the inpatient experience on the Hem/Oncology floor. We know Madi would want these initiatives to be funded and provide a few moments of happiness during a long and often painful stay in the hospital.
Scott and Georgine Taylor
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Madison Taylor (Madi) was born on July 1, 2003 in Poway CA and instantly made the world a happier place. She is always smiling, making funny faces and keeping her friends and family laughing. At 11 years of age she began competing as a level 3 Gymnast. She did well enough in her preliminary meets to compete in the State Meet in November 2014. She kept practicing hard until her right hip started hurting. After a few consults with Physical Therapists and doing stretching exercises to relieve her hip pain, Madi went to her pediatrician on Monday March 2, 2015 and they found a lump near her right hip. An x-ray the next morning found a suspicious mass.
Testing on Wednesday March 4th, 2015 discovered that the mass was cancerous. A bone marrow evaluation, CT scan, and bone scan showed that the cancer is localized to the tumor on her hip and diagnosed as Ewing Sarcoma. Madison began Chemotherapy treatment on March 10th 2015. On January 29, 2016 Madi was declared cancer free. SHE HAD WON THE FIGHT.
12 days later….
On February 10, 2016 Madi was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). AML is a risk factor associated with her treatment of Ewing’s Sarcoma but it rarely appears in just 11 days of being declared cancer free.
The new battle…
On February 11, 2016 Madi began chemotherapy treatment to battle AML. The first induction of chemo lasted 5 days. She received 2 different meds, Clofarabine and Cytarabine(Ara-c). Basically these meds were killing her bone marrow and the immature white blood cells being produced by her marrow. The abnormal cells are called Blasts. The more bone marrow that is killed off the less of these Blasts are produced. After the first 5 days we waited for her ANC to recover and made sure she stayed healthy from infection.
Madi achieved remission after 2 chemo inductions and on July 18, 2016 she received donor T-cells from her brother Nicholas to begin the process of healing with her new marrow. After 30 days in the hospital and 100 days of seclusion at home, Madi was declared cancer free again and able to begin her new life. As soon as she was able in January 2017, Madison started going back to school after a 2 year absence. Life was getting back to normal slowly.
A March 2017 BMA showed that some of the abnormal cells had shown up at the chromosomal level. Plans were immediately made for a new round of transfusions with her brother's cells, to “Mop Up” the abnormal cells. On May 31, 2017 after 2 lymphocyte infusions the abnormal cells were increasing (5%) and more chemo was necessary. By the beginning of September, the abnormal cells were over 20%. A new plan was introduced with more chemo and more hospital stays. On September 20th, with her abnormal cell count now over 50%, Madison told us that she wanted to stop treatment and go home to rest. On September 25th, we brought her home from the hospital for the last time.
All funds raised through this page will benefit the inpatient experience in the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego.