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 and primary caregiver fighting this battle right alongside her pint-sized hero.
"It’s hard, it’s scary but she is resilient, and inspiring and that’s what helps – she makes me strong," she said.
So when some friends bought Madi One Direction tickets for her and her mom to go see the band at Gillette Stadium this Saturday, they were thrilled.
In home video from earlier this year Shauna asked Madi, "How much do you love One Direction?"
"Like to the moon!" Madi said.
"And how much do you want to go to their concert?" Shauna asked.
"I’ll ride to there as fast as I can!" said Madi.
"You want to go so bad?" asked Shauna asked.
"Yes!" exclaimed Madi.
"We are totally going!" Shauna said.
But sadly, Madi ended up back in the ICU this week at Dana-Farber Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and she won’t be able to go to the concert.
Madi’s focused on the positives, such as ice cream sundaes in her hospital bed. But her mom was bummed, and posted a message on Facebook asking if anyone wanted to buy the tickets, figuring she could use the money to do something special with Madi once she feels better.
"To see that there’s so much good in so many people and that they care, Madison has an army of people behind her," Shauna said.
Shauna says while it would be awesome to see the sparkle in her daughter’s eye from 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 Shauna 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."