LINCOLN, Neb. -- Maddie Brown was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November of 2011. She fought cancer for almost two years before passing away in July of 2013 - but she didn't fight her battle with cancer alone.
Maddie's mother told 10/11 that close family friends made it much easier for the family every step of the way. In fact, it was those same close friends who suggested the event they threw on March 29.
"Maddie's Birthday Bash" was just an idea that Maddie's family and friends say they had because they knew they had to do something.
"I would have stayed in bed, mourning. I had a friend call me up and say lets do what we think we should do to make this not a sad time," said Rangal.
So family and friends chose to celebrate her life instead of mourn her death. And they also wanted to help others facing cancer by raising money for four cancer-related charities who helped their family cope.
Maddie's brother, Kalin Honomichal was just happy his sister was able to take a trip to Florida. A trip that was partially funded by the Lighthouse Family Retreat.
"She got to go up to Florida on a paid trip and it was her dream thing - the one thing she wanted to do when she found out she was sick," said Honomichal.
And family and friends remember were able to she was, they want others battling cancer to know that while it can be difficult, it is possible to win the fight.
Joy Rangel, said,"Keep fighting, don't ever give up, and ask a lot of questions so you know what's going on."
The family is also raising money for another girl battling cancer, Chloe Nore.
They are taking donations for Nore as well as these cancer organizations that helped their family: Sunshine Kids, Peach's Neet Feet, Lighthouse Family Retreat, and The F.I.L.M. Project.
If you'd like to donate, email Joy Rangel at firstname.lastname@example.org