Girl beating cancer asks for birthday cards from around the world

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5-Year-Old Girl Battling Cancer Asks For Birthday Cards From Around The World

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WXMI) -- A five-year-old from Kentwood who continues to beat the odds against a rare form of brain cancer has a special birthday wish: she's asking to open birthday cards from around the world.

Madison Pagel, better known as Maddie, is a radiant almost kindergartner.

"What kind of things do you want at your party?" her mother Tracy Pagel asked.

"Lots of cards!" Maddie said.

Turning six-years-old on Sept. 4, Maddie hopes for a lot of birthday cards with a special My Little Pony party theme.

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A 5-year-old girl battling a rare form of brain cancer has a special birthday wish -- she's asking for birthday cards from around the world.
A 5-year-old girl battling a rare form of brain cancer has a special birthday wish -- she's asking for birthday cards from around the world.
A 5-year-old girl battling a rare form of brain cancer has a special birthday wish -- she's asking for birthday cards from around the world.
A 5-year-old girl battling a rare form of brain cancer has a special birthday wish -- she's asking for birthday cards from around the world.
A 5-year-old girl battling a rare form of brain cancer has a special birthday wish -- she's asking for birthday cards from around the world.
A 5-year-old girl battling a rare form of brain cancer has a special birthday wish -- she's asking for birthday cards from around the world.
A 5-year-old girl battling a rare form of brain cancer has a special birthday wish -- she's asking for birthday cards from around the world.
A 5-year-old girl battling a rare form of brain cancer has a special birthday wish -- she's asking for birthday cards from around the world.
A 5-year-old girl battling a rare form of brain cancer has a special birthday wish -- she's asking for birthday cards from around the world.
A 5-year-old girl battling a rare form of brain cancer has a special birthday wish -- she's asking for birthday cards from around the world.
A 5-year-old girl battling a rare form of brain cancer has a special birthday wish -- she's asking for birthday cards from around the world.
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Already, cards mailed from across the country are stacking up, making a pile too tempting not to open just one for the almost birthday girl.

"Treasure, mommy!" Maddie said tearing open her first card.

These wishes mean the world to Maddie, a fighter who has come so far.

"Three years ago before we started clinical trial we were going home in hospice," said Tracy Pagel. "And I was like no we're not, nope she's three."

Despite living so much of her five years treating Choroid Plexus Carcinoma, in and out of hospitals, Maddie is the one telling her mom she doesn't have it.

"She's like, 'Mom, I don't have cancer. I don't have it,'" said Tracy. "She goes, 'I go there, but I don't have it.' So she has a really positive outlook on it and that's what keeps me going."

Their family says they're grateful for Maddie's prayer warriors and Facebook followers worldwide, regularly sharing videos in thanks. Now, Maddie wishes to open more treasure come Sept. 4.

To send a birthday card to Maddie, please mail here:

Maddie Pagel
P.O. Box 8043
Grand Rapids, MI 49518

If you want to follow Maddie on Facebook, see her two pages: her story here and also #TeamMaddieStrong.

Next month, Maddie's clinical trial of three years will end and her mother says they along with her medical team will monitor her tumor and health at that point.

If you would like to donate to help with medical expenses, see their GoFundMe page or PayPal.

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