In August 2010, Chip was regular 13 year old 7th grader who loved baseball, hunting and fishing. After what we thought was a mild concussion, he was diagnosed with Stage IV anaplastic metastatic medulloblastoma (brain cancer). He was immediately admitted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where he spent about 180 days of the next year. He received 48 radiation treatments, 10 surgeries, 2 shunts and a g/j tube, 18 months of chemotherapy, and countless other pokes, prods and procedures. He was mute and could not swallow for over 10 months. Over the next 4 years Chip has endured hundreds of PT/OT/ST sessions, swallow therapy, injections, MRI’s and CT scans, follow-ups with a dozen specialists……..the list goes on. Chip has made great progress, but there is still a lot to do.Currently Chip is 19 years old and lives at home with his two teenage brothers, his parents and his service dog, Vera. Chip is visually impaired, hearing impaired and spends his time in a wheelchair. He works hard every day to accomplish the simplest of tasks that most people do without thinking. He enjoys hanging with his brothers, working in his garden, cooking on his green egg and planning his next hunting or fishing excursion. His attitude is amazing and inspiring.
About Chips Nation
Chip’s Nation is a large and growing community of friend’s family and acquaintances who have known or know of an exceptional young man, Chip Madren. Their lives have been affected through knowing him, his humor, his personality, his love of life and his friendship. Their lives will now be forever affected by his battle with Cancer. They have chosen to engage the enemy and join the fight against cancer directly and in person by mobilizing a nation to support Chip and others battling childhood cancer.
Chip’s Nation is growing. It is close to the heart of the engine that drives Chip’s family forward, providing support, mentally, emotionally and financially. Chip’s Nation is a Nation at war. As the nation Grows it will continue to drive Chip, his family and other warriors and their families forward in their battles with Childhood cancer.
The Goal of the Nation is to raise money and awareness to fuel all of the” Micro nations” that get behind children and their families as they battle through the trials of Pediatric Cancer. Chip Madren has had a miraculous journey and recovery of life against some very long odds. This has been achieved through a variety of groups that have supported him medically spiritually and socially.
It is our hope that through our story we can continue to feed the groups that supported Chip and have more positive outcomes like his.