By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A blood drive will be held for Catherine Maultsby on Saturday, Sept. 24.
The blood drive will be held in the Winn-Dixie parking lot in Madison from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Catherine is undergoing chemotherapy for a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. The disease is not very common, with only from 400-800 diagnoses per year. It generally affects children in their teens while they are growing fast. The condition is usually in the long bones, such as the femur or tibia.
Catherine’s leg was amputated earlier this year and she is undergoing chemotherapy to make sure that all of the cancer is eradicated.
Please stop by and donate blood in Catherine Maultsby’s name this Saturday.
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The poker run attendees met at the courthouse before setting off on their motorcycles. They were all there in honor of Catherine Maultsby as she battles cancer.
In times of need, Madison residents are proud to show their support. That is exactly what happezned on June 4. On this day there was a Poker Run held in honor of Catherine Maultsby. There were 67 bikes that took part in this awesome event.
Catherine, daughter of J.P. and Julie Maultsby, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her left lower leg on March 10. Her leg was amputated just two days before the poker run, on June 2. To date, Catherine has completed seven of her 18 treatments to fight the cancer in her body. She begins her next round of chemotherapy on July 5.
While Catherine herself could not be at the poker run, her spirit and love were felt in the hearts of all that attended. Catherine has fought through this terrible ordeal with strength and bravery far beyond her years; she is only eight years old.
If you would like to follow Catherine through her journey, subscribe to her CaringBridge blog. She has had nearly 50,000 visits to her site since being diagnosed. You can find her blog as well as her entire story at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/cathe-rinemaultsby.
Calling all motorcycles, cars, jeeps, scooters…anything street legal! Please join us for a Benefit Charity Poker Run on Saturday, June 4th. This ride is in honor of Catherine Maultsby, an eight-year-old Madison, FL resident, recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Catherine is undergoing extensive chemotherapy treatments at SHANDS in Gainesville. All proceeds from this ride will go directly to the Maultsby Family. Registration for “Cat’s Ride” begins at 9 a,m. the Madison County Courthouse on US Hwy 90 in Madison, Florida; first bike out at 10 a.m., last bike out at 11:00am. Stops are scheduled in Perry, Mayo, and Live Oak before returning back to Madison. Live entertainment provided by Bryan McHargue at the final stop in Madison at the Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant. There will be a 50/50 drawing, raffle drawings, $100 best hand/$25 worst hand payouts. Cost is $10 one hand or 3 for $20. For more information, please contact Shawn or Jessica Webb at 850-464-1653, or Jamie Thomas at 850-464-1691.