Little Big Shots: Make-A-Wish alumna making beautiful music

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Madeline Richardson is not only a talented musician, but a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed at just 6 years old but is now cancer-free. 

“So I was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma in Janury 2011, which is a cancer of your immature nerve cells,” said Richardson, now 14. “I was in treatment for 2 years. I told my mom it was the best and worst year of my life at the same time because there were cool memories that we had but there was also treatment and stuff.”

While in treatment, Madeline was granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“So my wish was in April 2012 and I went to Disney World and it was really cool because I had actually got my port out just a few weeks before and I couldn’t swim for 2 years and as soon as we got there, we went swimming in the pool,” said Richardson. “It was a really good time for us to transition from a treatment life to me going back to school and becoming normal again.” 

April 29th is recognized as World Wish Day, in celebration of the anniversary of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On that day, it was founded and is celebrating 39 years in business this year. 

Richardson is proud to tell her story of surviving and thriving. She speaks regularly at events, including what the Make-A-Wish Foundation means to her and her family. 

“I really like Make-A-Wish because it’s not just your wish that’s part of the organization,” said Madeline. “I still know people there that still work there and that I’ve formed friendships with. You’re part of a community that’s really special.” 

She learned to play the ukulele about a year ago and she is incredibly talented already. Hear her version of Grace VanderWaal’s “I Don’t Know My Name” in the video above! 

You can find more information on how to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation at  

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