Its cancers turn to be afraid!
Fight Like a Kid was started by Bianca Maderal when she learned she was diagnosed with stage three brain cancer. Bianca founded Fight Like a Kid to help other children, like herself, fight for their life. Fight Like a Kid is a nonprofit organization registered under 501 (c)(3). Our goal is to raise money to fund childhood cancer research, raise awareness of childhood cancer, and inspire teens and children surviving all kinds of cancer.
In December 2015, Bianca PRESENTED with a first-time SEIZURE right in the beginning of her senior year in high school. She was rushed to the hospital and ran every medical test possible. After being two months in the hospital, her doctors were unable to find the cause of the shadows they found in her brain. The next step was to undergo an open right temporal craniotomy biopsy. She was then diagnosed with eight tumors– stage three multifocal anaplastic astrocytoma. Her form of brain cancer is rare and most commonly seen people ages 30–50 years old. She was only 18. Her tumors required aggressive treatment, and it was a long/gruesome battle.
In February 2016, she packed up her life in Miami, Florida, and moved to Baltimore, Maryland- where she began her initial treatments of chemotherapy and radiation at Johns Hopkins Memorial Hospital. Now Bianca is seen by both her doctors in North Carolina at Duke Hospital and The Miami Cancer Institute, where she lives with her supportive family.
Being diagnosed with cancer inspired her to open her own nonprofit foundation, Fight Like a Kid. Bianca aspires to put a smile on the faces of those children fighting cancer by providing help and inspiring hope through nonprofit, dedication, education, and support. With Fight Like a Kid, she sends care packages across the nation, hosts annual holiday drives, and hosts several fundraisers a year to collect funds for the most prestigious clinical trials and research done for childhood cancer. She also hosts local events within and outside the hospitals in Florida for children suffering from cancer.
Bianca continues to be devoted to her studies, all while going through her cancer treatments. Her passion for working with children continues to grow. From her diagnosis and her work with Fight Like a Kid, she has a goal of continuing to use her voice as she becomes a Speech-Language Pathologist while encouraging pediatric cancer patients and their families that its cancers turn to be afraid!