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Patient Ambassador Maddison: Where is she now?

Patient Ambassador Maddison: Where is she now?

Eleven-year-old Patient Ambassador Maddison is a Boston Shriners Hospital patient who first came to the hospital with a hand burn injury she sustained from a treadmill accident. She was playing next to the treadmill when her hand was sucked underneath and trapped until her grandfather was able to lift the treadmill off her. Despite the injury, Maddison has never stopped doing what she loves, and always with a smile on her face.

Maddison’s kind heart, positivity and compassion for others shines through in all she does. Since we last saw Maddie, she has acted on her desire to give back. She founded her own nonprofit called BRAVE BEES, an organization that aims to spread kindness through her school and community. One of the goals of BRAVE BEES is to prevent bullying by “creating kindness colonies, one school at a time.” Maddie also regularly advocates for the hospital and has collected tubs full of can tabs to donate back to the Boston Shriners Hospital. The tabs will be turned into funds, which will be used to benefit our patients. If you would like to learn more about Maddison’s platform and follow her on her journey, you can visit the BRAVE BEES website. Here you can read her blogs, see her can tab donations page for the Boston Shriners Hospital, and see how she continues to make a difference in her community.

On top of her nonprofit and hospital work, Maddie recently won the title of Miss Southern Maine Preteen in January! She plans to compete at the state competition and hopes to capture the crown of Miss Maine Preteen, which would allow her to compete at the national level in Orlando, Florida, next summer.

If you can’t find Maddie on the pageant stage, you can find her playing her favorite sport, softball. After her injury, Maddie was concerned about her ability to play in the future. Her doctor, Robert L. Sheridan, M.D., interim chief of staff and chief of the burn service, explained that treadmill injuries are very complicated because of the damage to the bone and the small blood vessels in the impacted area. In Maddie’s case, the care team decided not to operate, but rather managed her injury with rehabilitation and scar management. Happily, she was able to return to the softball field to play the sport she loves.

These days Maddie is demonstrating her creative side while staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic. She has been creating beautiful artwork. Her favorite technique is called paint pouring, which involves pouring the paint onto the canvas and tilting the canvas to spread the paint colors onto each other. Her love for animals has encouraged her to also learn how to draw realistic animals like flamingos, chickens and dogs.

Maddie recently shared a heartwarming video message for the Boston Shriners Hospital community. Check out the video. If you want to learn more about Maddie, read the story of what brought her to Shriners Hospitals for Children and what motivates her to give back.

Maddison with can tabs