Last year, teachers at the Willet School in Norwood became concerned when seven-year old Maggie Federico complained of her hand being sleepy when she tried to write.
In April of 2010, after a few tests by a pediatric neurologist, doctors found that the kindergartener's muscle problems were caused by a brain tumor known as Astrocytoma.
Federico was brought in for surgery almost immediately to try to remove as much of the tumor as possible. It was believed that during the eight-hour surgery, up to 50 percent of the tumor could be removed and that additional cancer treatments would be needed.
Five hours into surgery at Children’s Hospital in Boston, neurosurgeon Ed Smith had some news for Federico’s parents, Chris and Kim Federico. Smith was able to remove the entire tumor during the surgery and the Federico’s learned that their daughter would soon be considered cancer free.
Federico’s is a success story, and though she still experiences problems with her right leg and vision in her right eye, her family has become very involved with Children’s Hospital as a way to express their gratitude and give thanks to the community that saved their daughter’s life.
For the second year in a row, Federico will attend and participate in the Beckett Bowl held at Lucky Strikes Lanes on August 29 in Boston. Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett, is hosting the celebrity-bowling tournament to help raise money for treatments and equipment that help to save the lives of children like Maggie Federico.
Tickets to the event are $250. The event features a bowling tournament where corporate sponsors or donor teams compete against celebrities for the Beckett Bowl championship cup.
This year a raffle will be held at the event to win a 2011 Jeep Wrangler.
The Josh Beckett Foundation has been able to donate $360,000 to Children’s Hospital Boston since 2008. For more information on the event visit www.beckettbowl.com.