Maddi's Bag

celebrating survival, strength & gratitude

About Us

Our Story

In April of 2014, our youngest daughter was involved in a traumatic accident while vacationing in Mexico. A simple misstep turned near fatal and in a split second Maddi fell from a restaurant balcony landing 20+ feet down on the sidewalk below, unconscious. After 36 hours in a Mexician hospital, perseverance prevailed and a medical transport arrived to safely transport Maddi back to the states.

During Maddi's time of healing she was extremely limited in what she was able to do. Multiple broken bones kept her immobile for months and because of a traumatic brain injury she was left confused,scared and unable to watch TV, tolerate music or play on electronics to pass the time.

Our family was fortunate to be part of a wonderfully supportive family and a strong community that quickly surrounded Maddi with new simple arts & crafts, reading and coloring books, paints and puzzles. All of these 'things' helped Maddi feel normal again and kept her busy during long days and doctor appointments. Most importantly though, these activities provided a means for her to re-connect with her sisters and friends. They helped her get comfortable with new therapists and created ways for doctors and nurses to evaluate pain and discuss new treatments. 

Maddi's Bag was created to celebrate Maddi's survival and  strength as well as to show gratitude to the trauma doctors, nurses and therapists who worked tirelessly caring for her. Maddi's Bag strives to spread TBI awareness and educate young people on brain healthy lifestyles.

Our Mission

It is the mission of Maddi's Bag to help comfort children when the unexpected confronts them traumatically. Our board is dedicated to providing young trauma patients with a bountiful supply of injury & age appropriate activities and accessories that minimize stress, foster communication and help reconnect families during recovery from near fatal accidents. It's our goal to celebrate the valuable impact and critical role doctors, nurses and therapists have on their patients and their families. 

Our Programs

Currently Maddi's Bag solely supports two programs successfully in place on the trauma unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Our comfort bag program ensures that each child admitted to the trauma unit receives a bag of appropriate activities. The Maddi STAR award allows us to honor monthly a trauma doctor, nurse or therapist for the valuable impact and critical role they played in a patients journey to recovery.

Happening Now


Maddi's STAR (Surgical Trauma Award for Recognition)

The Maddi STAR Award is supported by the Maddi's Bag Foundation at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. It is awarded to a unit RN who displays compassionate, collaborative nursing care and demonstrates excellent communication skills towards patients & their families when admitted for an unexpected traumatic accident. The monthly recipient is recognized & presented with a certificate, gift cards & a custom bracelet created by Marinella Jewelry especially for Maddi's Bag. You can purchase your own bracelet by visiting

2019 Vendor Registration & Sponsorship Forms

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NEW LOCATION!!!!!  Same amazing event under a new cozy roof in Thornton, PA!!!!!

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Vendor Registration for our 6th Annual Shop 4 CHOP (docx)


Please join us for our 6th Annual Maddi's Bag Shop 4 CHOP (docx)


Celebrating Survival, Strength & Gratitude


Adult T-shirts $20

Youth $15

Let us help you organize a fundraiser to support a family that has been confronted with the unexpected traumatically

TEAM UP with Maddi's Bag

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Help Our Cause

Maddi's Bag believes charity is contagious and we invite you to join us in comforting children when the unexpected confronts them traumatically. We are always seeking corporate sponsors and financial donations as well as hosts for community fundraisers and donation drives to spread TBI awareness and the importance of brain healthy lifestyles. 


All donations are tax deductible. MADDI'S BAG is a 501(c)(3)  Non-profit Organization ID# 47-3469948

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