Maddie’s Birthday Bash

By: Jenn Hatcher

After her brave fight with pediatric brain cancer, family and friends celebrate Maddie Brown's birthday with a fundraiser to benefit cancer-related charities.
Maddie Brown was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November, 2011. During her
illness, Maddie showed her family and friends how to be strong and fight
like a tiger. Sadly, sixteen-year-old Maddie passed away on July 13, 2013.
She was surrounded by her loved ones who stuck with her throughout her
To celebrate Maddie's birthday, family and friends are planning a fun night
to raise funds for some of Maddie's favorite organizations: Sunshine Kids,
Peach's Neet Feet, Lighthouse Family Retreat, and The F.I.L.M. Project. They
will also accept donations for Chloe Nore, another Lincoln teen who is
fighting a brain tumor. 
“The organizations we are raising money for brought joy to Maddie's life in
her last years,” said Joy Rangel, Maddie's mother. “She would be pleased to
know we are helping them to bless other kids like her! She would also be
happy to help Chloe in her fight!”
Maddie's birthday bash will be on March 29. 2014 at 6pm at The Towers Event
Center in Lincoln. Festivities will include a silent auction, balloon
release, and a chance for Maddie's friends to spread a little joy in her
About Sunshine Kids
The Sunshine Kids Foundation adds quality of life to children with cancer by
providing them with exciting, positive group activities, so they may once
again do what kids are supposed to do . . . have fun and celebrate life! For
more information, visit
About Peach's Neet Feet
Peach's Neet Feet donates custom, hand-painted shoes to children living with
disabilities and fighting serious illnesses. For more information, visit
About Lighthouse Family Retreat
Lighthouse Family Retreat serves children with cancer and their families at
a seaside retreat to help them to laugh, restore family relationships and
find hope in God. For more information, visit
About The F.I.L.M. Project 
The F.I.L.M. Project (Family Images for Lasting Memories) is centered on
delivering suffering families with a gift to remember their loved ones by –
when it may be the furthest thing from their mind. With compassion and
sensitivity each F.I.L.M. photographer can gift a beautiful family heirloom,
not only to assist with the healing process, but to allow families a way to
honor and cherish their loved ones for generations. For more information,