San Diego Girl, 12, Beats Cancer But Now Battles Leukemia

Madison "Madi" Taylor, 12, beat Ewing Sarcoma in late January, but is now battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia and needs a marrow match

A courageous San Diego girl who won her battle against Ewing Sarcoma earlier this year is fighting for her life once more after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Madison “Madi” Taylor, a 12-year-old Poway resident, was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in March 2015. After more than 10 months of chemotherapy, the girl was declared cancer-free on Jan. 29.

But 12 days after beating cancer, things took a turn for the girl.

On Feb. 10, Madi was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) – a risk factor associated with the treatment of Ewing Sarcoma. Though the disease does impact some patients, it rarely appears within days of being declared cancer-free.

Madi now needs a bone marrow transplant, and her family is hoping the community can rally in support of the girl.

On Saturday, a Marrow Donor Registry Drive to benefit Madi will be held between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Creekside Plaza shopping center located at 13495 Poway Rd.

The girl’s family is asking people between the age of 18 to 44 to come out and donate marrow. The family says there is a chance Madi will look to the Be the Match registry from the marrow drive to find the donor who could ultimately save her life.

In January, as Madi entered her last cycle of chemo to send her Ewing Sarcoma into remission, her friends put together a “flash mob” to celebrate her recovery.

Outside Rady Children’s Hospital, where Madi was being treated, the girl’s firned surprised her by busting into a synchronized dance to one of Madi’s favorite songs, Silento’s “Whip/Nae Nae.”

Madi was known to dance with the nurses at Rady’s, so it came as no surprise when the girl happily joined in the dance, with her IV in tow, in one memorable moment.

Team Madi supporters are hoping the girl can “whip” disease once more.

As Madi began undergoing treatment one year ago, her family fell prey to a cancer charity CEO who stole money that had been raised on Madi’s behalf.

The Taylors were one of many families taken advantage of by WishWarriors CEO Brianna King. The Taylors agreed to be featured by the cancer charity to help the organization raise money for those battling the disease.

In exchange, Madi was supposed to receive some financial help with her medical bills.

However, after NBC 7 Investigates delved into the matter, the charity’s board realized all the money raised through WishWarriors had vanished. It was stolen by King for her personal use. King pleaded guilty to grand theft in September 2015.

To donate to Madi's fight, visit the Team Taylor website.

To get updates on Madi, visit the Team Taylor-Prayers for Madi page on Facebook.

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