Hi, I’m Maggie…

I’m 9 years old. I’m from Staten Island, NY and I have three siblings – Michael (age 10), MaryKate (age 7) and Matthew (age 5). I like drawing & crafting, bike riding, scooter riding and playing with baby dolls. I enjoy going to amusement parks, shows, movies and sporting events. I like to play soccer, run track and do tumbling/gymnastics. A fun fact about me is that I can touch my nose with my tongue! When I grow up, I’d like to be a mom, art teacher/craft store owner and nurse.

At the age of 21 months, I was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, aveolar soft-parts sarcoma.  When I was a baby, cancer took my left eye but I still think that both my eyes are my best features. In fact, I call my prosthetic eye my Magic Eye!

As a Candlelighters NYC kid, my favorite experiences range from the Halloween parties to meeting Aladdin. But my favorite part was last week when Candlelighters NYC helped us adopt our new family dog, Monty. Now our family is complete! My parents would say that their favorite part of Candlelighters NYC is that it truly is a family. My family doesn’t hesitate to ask for help or have a shoulder to cry on and we help families when we can. We are family.

…And my family uses these words to describe Candlelighters NYC:  Hope, help, family, friendship and fun

Click here to donate to Candlelighters NYC in honor of Maggie.