Family Seeks Community Help in Treatment for Daughter | Community Spirit
LEWISTON, ID - Family and friends of a Lewiston toddler are asking for the public's help in raising money to help send the young girl outside of the region for specialized treatment for a rare type of brain tumor. 2-1/2-year-old Maddie Nuxoll was diagnosed with a malignant ependymoma tumor on March 21st and underwent surgery in Spokane four days later.
Maddie is recovering at home with her parents, Luke and Ashley Nuxoll and her older brother, as they wait for approval and scheduling for proton radiation treatment in another state. That treatment is expected to last for five days a week for eight weeks.
Maddie's ependymoma tumor was wrapped around her brain stem, and was diagnosed after she began to complain about headaches. According to the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation: "Although ependymomas are the third most common type of brain tumor in children (following astrocytoma and medulloblastoma), they are relatively rare, with approximately 200 cases diagnosed in the US each year in children and adults less than 25 years of age. Ependymomas account for 6-12% of brain tumors in children less than 18 years of age, but 30% of brain tumors in children less than 3 years of age 1."
A bank account has been set up at US Bank under the name of Madeline Nuxoll, and donation jars have been placed around the Grangeville area, where much of Maddie's family resides. You can also make donations at NW Beauty in Moscow.
A Facebook page has been set up for Maddie at: http:// https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=233221476818747&set=pb.231251117015783.-2207520000.1365365675&type=3&theater