After a bit of a holiday hiatus, it’s time for one last blog post to close out 2016. For better or worse, everything remained status quo in Pittsburgh throughout the holiday season. Madeline is still waiting patiently to get the call that new lungs are available.
While there’s little to report in terms of Madeline’s wait for new lungs, the holiday season brought a much-needed break from the regular routine that she and Jim settled into after their move in July. Thanksgiving was a great start to the holiday season thanks to a fun-filled visit from their grandchildren (oh, and Mike, Megan and Colleen were there too!).
Since then, they’ve enjoyed driving around their adopted city to see all that Pittsburgh has to offer during the Christmas season -- from Light Up Night, to the Gingerbread House Display at PPG Place, to the Winter Flower Show and Light Garden at Phipps Conservatory. Getting around to see these things isn’t the easiest with a wheelchair and oxygen tanks, but that hasn’t stopped Madeline. She loves life, people and new experiences -- these are the things the keep her going and will be even sweeter in 2017 with new lungs!
While 2016 has had its challenges, the outpouring of support, well-wishes and prayers from so many of Madeline and Jim’s friends and family -- and in many cases, even strangers -- has been a tremendous help.
Thanks to everyone who helped Mad For Life in any way during the past few months. See you in 2017 -- it’s going to be a great year!
As often as possible, we'll try to update this page to let you know how Madeline is doing and where she is in her fight for new lungs. Visit often!