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Hope isn’t just a four-letter word, it’s an action. One filled with promise and a chance for a child to live carefree. For 8-year-old Madison, hope meant experiencing timeless Christmas traditions in the city that never sleeps. Since her father was raised in New York City, Madison has been hearing about how Manhattan transforms into a winter wonderland with Christmas trees and magical window displays for all to see.
Madison couldn’t wait to make her own memories in the most talked about city. While she has spent her childhood battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, she would imagine Jack Frost nipping at her nose at Rockefeller Center and being surrounded by the holiday cheer. On a cold mid-December, Madison and her family packed their bags and boarded a flight to the Big Apple.
While taking a stroll on Madison Avenue, the very street she was named after, Madison made a pit stop at the American Girl Store. Not only will Madison cherish the day she got her very own American Girl Doll, but she also looks forward to bringing her doll to chemotherapy.
The very next day, Madison boarded the ferry to see the living symbol of freedom to millions around the world. Madison’s face lit up the very moment she got close enough to see the details of a sea-polished shade of copper green monument better known as the Statue of Liberty.
Because of your support, Madison will never forget being surrounded by Christmas carols blaring from loudspeakers, huge inflatable snowmen, tens of thousands of lights and neighborhoods that created the most picturesque holiday light displays during the merriest time of year.