Why We Fight
My name is Madison Marie Muckle and was just like any other 3 year old when I celebrated my 3rd birthday on December 22, 2010. A few days later, on December 27, 2010, at my 3 year old checkup, everything changed. My doctor sent me to Golisano Children’s Hospital for some blood work and x-rays. That evening my parents and I were told that I had cancer. Our lives, at that point, was turned upside down. After several tests and procedures, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. My body was 95% full of cancer and I spent the next month in the hospital receiving bone marrow aspirations, spinal taps, and chemotherapy. I was told after several weeks that I was in remission. Since then, I have spent many days in the hospital receiving chemotherapy and getting spinal taps to be sure the cancer has not spread. I also needed to take several types of medicines at home on a daily basis.
In the spring of 2013, I received my last chemotherapy treatment. I am now a healthy and normal 11-year-old girl. I still continue to go to Golisano Children’s Hospital every 3 months for routine checkups. I will continue to do so for another couple years until they finally say I am completely cancer free and have beaten this horrible disease.
I now lead a normal life like most kids. I am now 11 years old entering 6th grade, and I love school. I participate in dance and cheerleading. I am also helping my dad as much as I can with my tournament. I want to try and help others like others have helped me. It has been a struggle over the last few years but thanks to the wonderful doctors and nurses at Golisano Children’s Hospital, I will continue to move forward in becoming a healthy and 100% cancer free child.
“NEVER GIVE UP”
Madisonation “Never Give Up” was a motto we have had with Madison since the night she was diagnosed. The night we found out she had cancer, Madison was wearing her John Cena (still her favorite wrestler) “Never Give Up” t-shirt. One of the hospital employees admitting her noticed her shirt and told her to “never give up” just like her shirt said. Since then we have stuck to that motto and we will continue to. Not only for Madison but for all children suffering from cancer.
Madisonation is a non-for-profit organization to continue the fight against childhood cancer. Our annual golf tournament donates proceeds to local organizations helping others or families that have a child currently fighting or this horrible disease.
The Battle Against Cancer
This says it all… “Children With Cancer Are Like Candles In The Wind Who Accept That They Are In Danger Of Being Extinguished By A Gust Of Wind From Nowhere and YET, They Flicker And Dance To Remain Alive, Their Brilliance Challenges The Darkness And Dazzles Those Of Us Who Watch Their Light”
Behind the Numbers of Childhood Cancer
- Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region.
- In the United States, the incidence of cancer among adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, except for those over 65 years.
- On average, one in every four elementary schools has a child with cancer.
- The average high school has two students who are current or former cancer patients.
- On average, 36 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every day in the United States.
- Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the United States.
- The causes of most childhood cancers are unknown.
- At present, childhood cancer cannot be prevented.
- Childhood cancers affect more potential patient-years of life than any other cancer except breast and lung cancer.
- Only 4% of all research funds goes towards pediatric cancer.
- 1 in 330 children will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 20.
- EVERY DAY approximately 250 children around the world will die from cancer.
Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation
The Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation, Inc., established in 2007, is in memory of Michael C. Napoleone, the eight year-old son of Mark and Laurie Napoleone from Batavia, NY who died from Burkitts Lymphoma/Leukemia, an aggressive form of blood cancer.
During Michael’s illness, the community rallied around the family to assist with food, gas, medical bills and other necessities. The not-for-profit foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, was created to give back to those who cared, to give forward to those in need, and to support research efforts in finding a cure for childhood cancer.
We are proud to lend our support to this tremendous foundation in 2019.
More Than Just A Golf Tournament
More than just tournament play, our goal is to raise funds for a cause.
Compete with up to 35 other foursomes in a Best Ball 18-hole golf tournament at Hickory Ridge Golf Resort loaded with mini-games such as Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Hole in One prizes – everyone has a chance to win!
Enjoy lunch at the turn at the clubhouse for free, followed by a “cool down” after golf at the banquet facility with an open draft and soda bar plus cash bar. Close the day out with an included buffet style dinner for the awards, raffle and check presentation.
Come prepared to participate in the Chinese Auction for any of dozens of prizes, win door prizes from our generous donors, and enter to win sports collectibles donated by our local professional sports teams and prizes from local businesses.
Hickory Ridge Golf and Country Club
Our par-72, 18-hole course is a scenic and tranquil escape winding through the woods with several elevation changes. There are a few tight holes while most are fairly open. While the course is fair, the seriously wayward golfer will visit the woods often.
Players are welcome to join the Cool Down festivities in the Banquet Hall for complimentary drinks, submit their scorecards, and browse the various raffle items and prizes.
To Be Determined!
We will announce our special guest speaker very shortly!
- RDU Inc
- Baltz Concrete
- First Page Media
- Matt Spencer
- Joe’s Pro Shop
- Hickory Ridge
- Pellegrino Auto
- Tompkins Insurance
- Rose Micro Solutions
- Pete Sidari
- Holiday Inn Express (Downtown Buffalo)
Prize and Basket Donors
- Golf Headquarters
- Hole in One Golf
Automotive and Marine
- Norwex- Elyse
Media (Print and Online)
- Corning Museum of Glass
Pro Sports Teams
- Buffalo Bills
- Buffalo Sabres
- Buffalo Bandits
- Buffalo Bisons?
- Dr. Steven Spoto
- Valle Jewelers
Food and Beverage
- Alex’s Place
- Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse
- Eli Fish Brewing
- Salvatore’s Italian Gardens
- Texas Roadhouse
- Wright Beverage Distributors