Those who bought one or more of Maddieâ€™s Masons at The Christmas Show at the Langley Events Centreâ€™s Fieldhouse on Nov. 15 and 16 contributed to a worthy cause.
Ten-year-old Maddie Peterson sold mason jars containing homemade candles to raise money for BC Childrenâ€™s Hospital, so that she can help other kids like her.
Maddie was eight years old when she had my first seizure.
â€œIt was very scary for me because I didnâ€™t know what was happening,â€ she said. â€œWhen I was heading to the hospital I had another seizure in the ambulance, this made me very sleepy and I lost feeling in the left side of my body, this made my mom, dad, and family very worried.â€
The feeling came back but soon Maddie shared that she â€œhad to have lots of tests at BC Childrenâ€™s Hospital.â€
One of these was an MRI.
â€œI was brave and was able to do it awake,â€ Maddie said. â€œThe doctors called me and my family in a few days later to tell us what was going wrong. I got to see pictures of the inside of my head, and this is where we saw what is called an AVM, pretty much I have what looks like a big tangled mess of elastics.â€
Maddie explained that these are actually veins and arteries â€œand I have too many extra.â€
â€œThese tickle my brain and cause the seizures,â€ she added.
Maddie takes medication to help her have fewer seizures.
â€œThey sometimes still happen, and it is scary but I know when they are going to happen and I know I will be okay,â€ she said. â€œI need to have check-ups and tests for a long, long time, and right now my type of AVM can only be helped with medicine, but one day I hope it will be gone forever.â€
To purchase one of Maddieâ€™s candles, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maddie also has a fundraising page online through the BC Childrenâ€™s Hospital Foundation. To donate, click here.
To visit Maddieâ€™s Masons Facebook page, click here.