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A Texas summer snow day: Christian school student, battling cancer, gets her wish


Maddie Higgins runs across the snow in her yard as her dad, Patrick, makes a snowball behind her in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Sharon Ellman, via www.star-telegram.com)

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas reports:

Maddie Higgins was blindfolded as she approached a neighbor’s front yard, not knowing what to expect.
A 6-year-old girl with a rare form of brain cancer, Maddie has long wished to play in the snow.
She was about to get her wish, a chilling experience in the middle of July.
“It’s impossible!” Maddie said as the blindfold was removed. “It’s summer.”
Thanks to Emergency Ice, a Dallas-based company that does all things ice, Maddie was able to play in the snow Friday afternoon, building a snowman with friends and family.

Read the full story, and see a photo gallery of the Texas snow day.
Maddie is a first-grade student at Park Row Christian Academy in Arlington, Texas, a school associated with Churches of Christ.
See updates on Maddie at the Fight for Maddie Facebook page.

  • Feedback
    What a blessing for this child. Might seem like a minor thing for this ice company and the neighbor, but for a child like Maddie it is a dream come true. God is so giving.
    Alleice Moore Wood
    August, 6 2013

    God is so good. What a blessing for Maddie to have the snow to play in to make her dream come true. The neighbor and the ice company will also be blessed for what they did to help this child.
    Alleice Moore Wood
    August, 6 2013

    AMEN to what Mrs. Wood said! Go Maddie! Snow in July! What a WONDROUS thing indeed!
    Alan Henderson
    August, 6 2013

    From having memories of playing in snow as a child, there is a lesson. Sometimes the greatest joy is being able to play as a child and not have to worry about troubles for that moment.
    Johnny Mullens
    August, 8 2013

    Maddie’s mom just posted this on the Facebook page:
    “Yesterday Patrick and I had to make the hardest decision of our lives. No parent should ever have to make this decision for their child ever. Please know that we have not given up hope, but that our hope just lies elsewhere than here on earth.
    “At this point we have been left with little to no options, and feel the options we do have would be more damaging and painful for Maddie than they are worth. We have been so very blessed for Maddie to go through all if this and still have a “normal” life, and we want to give her as much time as possible to continue to flourish and live it and not be stuck in a hospital or sick from treatments that do not work for her.
    “So with that being said we will be interviewing hospice care groups this week. Our hearts our completely broken, for my sweet baby girl, for her little brother and for each other. Please keep us in your thoughts, prayers, whatevers. We are going to need a lot to get through this.”
    Erik Tryggestad
    August, 9 2013

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