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Patient ambassador Madison represents Boston Shriners Hospital at Aleppo Shriners All Star Football Classic

Patient ambassador Madison represents Boston Shriners Hospital at Aleppo Shriners All Star Football Classic

Madison, 17, has been a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston since she was 2 years old. Born with congenital hairy nevus, a birthmark on her cheek and left eye, she grew up feeling self-conscious about the questions she received from other kids. This created anxiety and emotional struggles for Madison; however, every time she walked in the doors of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston she felt nothing but love and compassion. This kindness and boost in her confidence contributes to her drive to give back to the Boston Shriners Hospital in any way that she can.

Having received over 25 surgeries throughout the years, she has had lots of time to get to know the amazing team at the hospital. Her mother, Melissa, describes their appreciation this way, “We hold this place near and dear to our hearts. Not just Shriners Hospital and the nurses and doctors that took care of us, but the Shriners and Masons and everybody out there who is fundraising, doing, providing and giving. It is an amazing support system that is so huge that it is hard to grasp.”

With a desire to help and reassure others by sharing her unique story, Madison volunteered to serve as a patient ambassador for the hospital. Recently, Madison went above and beyond to volunteer as a patient ambassador for the Aleppo Shriners All Star Football Classic. This match-up was the 40th annual post-season contest featuring high school seniors nominated from the North and South area high schools, and is held in support of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

At the banquet leading up to the game, Madison surprised herself by giving a speech and sharing her story. She was a little nervous about speaking, but after mingling and hearing other kids’ stories, she wanted to show her appreciation. She communicated her struggle as a child, her journey to becoming a confident young woman, and how Shriners [Hospital] has helped her along the way. She truly enjoyed being a representative at the recent game and will once again represent the hospital at the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic on July 20 in Saco, Maine.

Madison is extremely passionate about music. She loves to sing and play instruments, such as clarinet and piano. Looking to the future, she hopes to pursue a profession in nursing or combine her passion for music with her passion for Shriners Hospitals, and become a music therapist for Shriners Hospitals for Children. More importantly, she hopes to help children in the way the Boston Shriners Hospital helped her.

Thank you, Madison, for being a wonderful patient ambassador for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston!

Madison with the team at Aleppo Shriners All Star Football Classic Madison during a check presentation