Before my only daughter Maggie Schmidt suddenly became ill in August 2016, I was passionate about alot of things. But that all changed when she was diagnosed with stage 4 Malignant Rhabdoid Tumors throughout her abdomen in October 2016.
Maggie, her family, her Oncologist and a team of Doctors and Nurses at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC worked together to battle the cancer with various chemotherapy treatments and surgeries but unfortunately, Maggie lost her battle on June 1, 2017. She was only 17 years old. Cancer robbed her of a full life. This was a difficult and painful journey for such a young person, yet Maggie faced her situation with courage and dignity. Maggie asked us before she died to help other children and young adults dealing with this devastating disease. This has now become Maggie's Mission. While I still take on freelance design projects, my entire focus has changed since the greatest tragedy a mother and family can ever imagine or face. While Maggie’s fight is over, mine has just begun.
I used to volunteer and have donated my time to many local non-profit organizations, including The Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary, Greenlawn Centerport Historical Association and The Lewis Oliver Farm.Those were all great organizations and causes but the life changer is Maggie’s Mission. We are helping to fund finding cures for rare pediatric cancers. Childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded, with only 4% allocated from federal funding going towards pediatric cancer research. Our goal is to change that. The photo of me was taken while Maggie’s Mission was serving brunch to the families of The Ronald McDonald House in NYC.
Help us help children, donate today at maggiesmission.org/donate. And give me a shout out for freelance projects. I still have to help pay the bills around here.