Eight year-old Madeline Guarraia is fighting a grueling second battle with leukemia and she is getting some attention from a pop star with a hit song that embodies Madeline’s positivity and strength.
Posts on the Facebook page “Mad About Madeline” provide updates on the ordeal the Niantic girl is going through and one post on Jan. 9 included an inspiring message from Katy Perry, which appropriately references her extremely popular song, “Roar.”
“I just want to tell you that I love you, and that I’m here for you and that I did write “Roar” for you,” Katy said in the video. “So I just want to send you all of my love and my strength and I know you are such a strong young girl.”
Images of tigers are everywhere around Madeline. Photos taken of her room show her surrounded by stuffed animals and photos of tigers for strength. She also started writing an autobiography, called “Fight like a Tiger Again,” which is a sequel to the book she wrote about her first battle.
This motto carries over to fundraisers for Madeline.
For instance, bracelets being sold to benefit Guarraia’s family say “Mad About Madeline” on one side and “Roar, Little Tiger,” on the other. You can order them online through Etsy.
This is just one of several fundraisers for Madeline and her family.
Zen and Now is holding a cycling fundraiser on Sunday.
Magic for Madeline will be held at Quaker Hill Elementary School at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8.