2016: Maddy Brandl and her family. At the time we started planning the first little a triathlon, Maddy Brandl was a 5th grader from Eagle River who was recently placed on hospice care. You can read more about Maddy or donate to her directly here: https://www.gofundme.com/7s5s6n7s
Maddy passed away in the spring of 2016. Here is her obituary.
In our inaugural year, we were able to raise over $12,000 for the Brandl's.
2017: Natilynn Matos and her family. Natilynn was diagnosed with leukemia July 10, 2016. She turned 4 (in the hospital) on Sept 22. She will receive chemotherapy for about 2 1/2 years. The 5 year survival rate for her cancer is anywhere from 80-95%. Before she got sick you could find her outside climbing trees in a princess dress or zooming around the sidewalk on her scooter. She rarely complains about a thing aside from her tummy being sick or her legs hurting her. There are many times her family actually gains their strength from her; she is simply amazing. She has 3 brothers and 6 sisters, 5 of them are still at home with her. One of them is always by her side loving on her or making sure she doesn't need anything. Since she has been sick she spends most of her time on the couch. When she has the energy she is playing with play doh or playing barbies with her sisters.
Natilynn's facebook page or https://www.facebook.com/NatilynnValentina/