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The Madison Children’s Museum will always have a special place in my heart. I can still see my granddaughter Charlotte’s smile at the top of the rooftop waterfall. I can still see her writing “Get Well Mommy” in chalk. I can still see her joyful face during the most difficult time of our lives. The museum was our happy place.
Two years ago, my daughter Shannon was diagnosed with cancer. Nothing could have prepared me for the devastation of my child becoming critically ill, especially when there was nothing I could do to make her better. Shannon’s daughter Charlotte, my granddaughter, was only three years old.
Charlotte, Age 3, at the museum’s rooftop waterfall.
On the day of Shannon’s first chemotherapy treatment, Charlotte and I went to the children’s museum together for the first time. Her eyes lit up the moment we walked through the doors. She could paint on windows! And pet the chickens! And let her imagination run wild in a rocket ship! The museum was the refuge we needed. Being able to bring Charlotte joy brought me peace of mind. It was something I could do to help.
Visiting the museum became our tradition. Whenever Shannon was undergoing chemo, we visited together, to play, learn, and heal. And while the museum was saving Charlotte and me, the treatments were saving my daughter. Today, Charlotte is a happy five-year-old with a mother who is cancer-free. And I am so grateful.
Madison Children’s Museum is more than a place for fun. It played an important part in our lives when we needed it most. The generosity of the museum’s supporters made our joyful experiences possible, and I am so glad to know the museum is there for other families too. Childhood should be joyful, and every child should benefit from this extraordinary place.
Families are dealt serious life challenges every day, and we all need a hopeful place to gather, play, and learn together. Please consider a generous gift to the museum this year. Your gift will make a greater impact than you might ever imagine.
Proud Grandmother and Mother