6-Year-Old Cancer Patient's One Direction Wish

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    Madison Bergstrom had to give up tickets to Saturday's show, but there's a movement to get the stars to visit her. (Published Thursday, Aug 7, 2014)

    Six-year-old Madison Bergstrom of Stoughton, Massachusetts is like any other girl her age, dancing and lip syncing to One Direction and dressing up like a princess.

    But Madi has been battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia off and on since she was 19 months old.

    "She's been through a lot for her age and she still has about two years of treatment to go," said her mother, Shauna McLaughlin.

    McLaughlin has been through a lot too, as a single parent fighting this battle alongside her pint-sized hero.

    "It's hard, it's scary but she is resilient, and inspiring and that's what helps," McLaughlin explained. "She makes me strong."

    So when some friends bought Madi and her mother tickets to see One Direction at Gillette Stadium this Saturday, they were thrilled.

    In home video from earlier this year McLaughlin asked Madi, "How much do you love One Direction?"

    Madi responded, "Like to the moon!" and said she'd ride to their concert as fast as she could.

    But Madi ended up back in the ICU this week at Dana-Farber Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. She won't be able to see the concert.

    Madi is focused on the positives, like ice cream sundaes in her hospital bed.

    But her mom was disappointed and posted a message on Facebook asking if anyone wanted to buy the tickets. She figured she could use the money to do something special with Madi once she feels better.

    That post has led to another page with thousands of "likes" asking One Direction to visit Madi in the hospital.

    "To see that there's so much good in so many people and that they care, Madison has an army of people behind her," said McLaughlin.

    She said that, while she'd love to see the sparkle in her daughter's eye upon meeting her favorite band, she has much bigger hopes and dreams for her little princess.

    "I want to see her grow up to be normal and I'm sorry," said McLaughlin, tearing up. "I just want to see her be – the range of normal – there is no range and this is our normal, but I want her to grow healthy; I want her to grow happy."