The Fight for Madison Relay for Life team hosted their sixth annual Cart ‘n for a Cure golf cart poker run on Saturday throughout the town of Colonial Beach.
Started in 2011 following Madison Foster’s diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukemia the event raises money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life program. 110 paid participants took to their golf carts to visit town businesses, and picking up their cards from each destination, before ending the day at Dockside Restaurant for the finale.
The event raised more than $2500 from the sale of t-shirts, event participants, and donations throughout the day.
Stop number two for the event was the Colonial Beach Eagles Aerie #4315 following a long stop at TattleTales Cafe for card number three. The Fight for Madison team also hosts a softball game, in conjunction with Colonial Beach High School, every year as a fundraiser.
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) is typically diagnosed in men with a median age of 65. Madison is one of only three percent of teenagers and children diagnosed with it. A long-term chronic cancer she takes daily medication to keep her in remission.
Rachael Foster, Madison’s Mom, said that she handles the daily medication well dealing with more side effect than when she was younger. Madison is a junior at Colonial Beach High School who plays on the softball team. That is when she does not have a broken thumb.
During a recent practice, she broke her dominant thumb requiring surgery on it. It has not stopped her though as she recently took her advanced placement exams in school.
The Fight for Madison team will be participating in the Fredericksburg / Stafford Relay for Life Event Saturday, May 20, at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds.