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.
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.
Currently Maddi's Bag solely supports The Maddi's Bag Child Life Fund successfully in place on the trauma unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. All proceeds raised are fund the trauma unit comfort bag program which ensures that each child admitted to the their unit receives a bag of appropriate activities & necessities. Monies exceeding the bag program directly benefit the children and their families during the entirety of their stay at the hospital.
VIP SIP & SEE Thursday, Nov 2nd 6p-10p
*limited ticket sales
*ticket MUST BE purchased in advance
SHOP 4 CHOP Friday, Nov 3rd 11a-7p
*unlimited ticket sales
*tickets can be purchased in advance OR at the door
2.5 million people sustain a brain injury each year in the US. To put that number into perspective, that is someone every 13 seconds. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading cause of disability & death in children and adolescents and among those aged 0-19, an average of 62,000 sustain a brain injury requiring hospitalization as a result of motor vehicle crashes, falls, sports injuries or abuse.
Maddi's Bag celebrates the survival stories! It is our goal to comfort children when the unexpected confronts them traumatically. Through our program, which is funded by our annual Shop4CHOP event, we are able to provide these trauma patients with a bountiful supply of appropriate activities & necessities that minimize stress, foster greater communication and help re-connect families during recovery from these near fatal accidents.
Maddi's Bag invites you t become a sponsor for this years Shop4CHOP. Our 2023 event will consist of a VIP Sip & See that will be Thursday, November 2nd 6pm - 10pm and Shop4CHOP which will be Friday, November 3rd 11am - 7pm. The Sip & See will have limited ticket sales and tickets must be purchased in advance. Shop4CHOP is open to the public with unlimited ticket sales. The event hosts 20+ boutiques & businesses and welcomes over 350 guests through the door! It includes raffles, giveaways, appetizers and beverages as well as valet parking.
Maddi's Bag receives no governmental funding so we rely heavily on cooperate sponsors to pull of this amazing event. Your support will help assure the success of yet one more Shop4CHOP!
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The day may look different but the amount of love poured into has not changed!! Please follow along with us throughout the day! Hop on when you can and leave when you must....cuz at the end of the day (and through Nov 12th) you will find a link to EVERY SINGLE BUSINESS PARTICIPATING right here on this page!! Buckle up ladies.... we have some amazing shopping right here at your finger tips!!
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~Thank you Richard Gaw for capturing our story, our love and our mission perfectly!
~Thank WOGL98.1 for including our story in the 2016 WE LOVE OUR CHILDREN RADIOTHON benefitting The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
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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