THANK YOU: How you've given Madison the chance to live
THE goal of raising $75,000 to fund lifesaving treatment for 22-year-old kidney cancer patient Madison Marxson has been achieved.
The Biloela community capped off months of fundraising efforts with more than $10,000 raised at a special event at the Biloela Bowls Club on Saturday.
With the $75,000 raised, Madison and her family can now travel to the Hope for Cancer Institute in Mexico, which reportedly has more than a 90 per cent success rate in extending life by two years or even curing the cancer.
Madison was only diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer in October 2018.
"She's proven that she is very strong willed which she gets from her mother," family friend Nikii Threadingham said.
"She's been dealt a few blows but she has the attitude that she has to keep on getting through it."
Madison graduated from Biloela State High School in 2014 and like her mum, was born outside of Biloela before moving into town at a young age.
Madison, who did a school-based traineeship as a hairdresser before going on to work at the studio, Passion hair Design Biloela, has had the support of her long term-partner Tim Lovell.
The two have been together for about five years.
Mrs Threadingham said Madison was in the Rockhampton Hospital after falling ill last week and was unable to attend the fundraising event at the Biloela Bowls Club.
"We've been getting conflicting reports that it's due to the medication or a low white blood cell count due to her being sick," Mrs Threadingham said.
"She has to recover and she'll be on the first plane out when she's 100 per cent."
Although unable to attend on Saturday, Madison Facetimed part of the event and she did get to see her friend James MacDonald getting his head shaved to cap off his fundraiser, 'Dougie's shave for Madi Marxson' in which he raised over $10,000 to help send Madison to Mexico.
There was a huge raffle throughout the night and 19 teams competed in a friendly lawn bowls competition as part of the fundraising efforts.
"It completely blew my expectations out of the park," Mrs Threadingham said.
"We bowled, dressed up, did Dougie's headshake which raised over $10,000 through his fund and an auction to shave sections of his hair with people willing to pay hundreds of dollars.
"And drew our massive Multi draw which had 91 prizes given away, donated by business across Central Queensland.
"In some cases, the prizes were donated back to the Marxson family by the winners."
Mrs Threadingham implored people to continue to donate to the Go Fund me Page, 'Help Send Madi To Mexico For Life Saving Treatment' in the hope of funding multiple trips to Mexico.
"We are just so grateful to the community far and wide for their compassion and generosity towards what Madi is going through," Mrs Threadingham said.
"The family are just overwhelmed with the heartfelt wishes and generosity everyone has shown them all."
All their support is so massively appreciated and has collectively helped us reach this goal to help Madi fight her kidney cancer."
Head to the 'Help Send Madi To Mexico For Life Saving Treatment' Go Fund Me Page to donate and for more information.