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Molly's Kids: Charlotte childhood cancer survivor graduates Johnson & Wales


Madison Merrifield beat a childhood cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma. Intense treatments left her without teeth on one side of her mouth for 11 years. She was a Johnson & Wales college student learning exquisite ways to cook, yet couldn't chew or eat many things.

Imagine that.

I first featured her incredible story in March. (Catch up here)

When I posted about Madison, she was getting ready to undergo a major operation to correct what the cancer-saving surgeries as a child had messed up. @Claire's Army, a Charlotte non-profit, was helping connect with her doctors and raise funds.

Exciting news:

  • Madison was able to get the surgery she needed.
  • It created the beautiful smile you see in this picture.
  • The picture was from her Johnson & Wales commencement.
  • She's a graduate!

In her blog, Madison said she also graduated from her post-surgery-all-smoothie diet. (Read here it here)

"Can someone say Chipolte?!" she writes.


Editor's note: This is a about a member of #MollysKids, one of the kids WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it's written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed the stories of dozens of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story (and updates on all her #MollysKids) here.

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