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Event to support Tolar Elementary student’s battle with cancer

Ashley Inge
Madailein Croker

A community event to support 9-year-old Madailein Croker will be held from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Tolar Community Center located at 120 Tolar Cemetery Rd.

Madailein is in fourth grade at Tolar Elementary and was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on Aug. 23, 2020.

According to the Faith Like Madailein Facebook Page, this will be a long battle for Madailein – about two and a half to three years total. She has already started aggressive chemo treatments.

The event, Music for Madailein, will include a silent and live auction, raffles, live music and food, with the Calvary Church of Granbury opening up the event with a performance and prayer.

The live auction will be auctioneered by Steve Berry, owner of Warrens Backyard.

“We have items from places like Rough Creek Lodge, Loco Coyote, The Promise...Sunrise Realty has donated a gun to be raffled off. It’s already sold 3,000 raffle tickets,” said Faith Like Madailein Facebook Page Manager Morgan Laura Loper.

Madailein’s fourth grade class at Tolar made individual quilt squares that were sewed together into one quilt. The quilt will be auctioned off as an item to gift to Madailein.

“The quilt project meant so much to the kids. We had many get emotional while creating these because they love her so much,” said Tolar Elementary Principal Christal Hollinger.

Food will be provided by 214 Grill and DNA BBQ as well as coffee and sweets by Ironworks Coffee and Sweet Emilia’s. All are donating a portion of their proceeds back to the Madailein Croker Benefit Fund.

Music performances will be by JD Lewis and Justin Myers, both local recording artists.

“They’re going to be in Tolar all day, making this girl feel like a rockstar,” Loper added.

Madailein is expected to come to the event and community members are currently trying to get a golf cart for Madailein to ride in during the event.

The hashtag for Music for Madailein is #FaithOverALL because the acronym of acute lymphoblastic leukemia is A.L.L.

The event was coordinated by Marilyn Phillips, Gwen Maberry, Christal Hollinger, Linda Foster, Jodie Barnes, Lynn Bowles and Christian Spence.

“We've got some great people pulling in together on this,” Loper said. “I’ve set up over 100 Facebook presences and I've never seen one grow in likes like this one did. It’s crazy how this community is. [Faith Like Madailein’s Facebook page] had 800 likes overnight. People have been pouring out from everything asking how they can help and support.”

All donations can be made at any First National Bank branch under the Madailein Croker Benefit account or donations can be sent to https://www.paypal.me/faithoverALL.

Madailein will also be turning 10-years-old on Monday, Oct. 12.

Madailein's fourth grade class at Tolar made individual quilt squares that were sewed together into one quilt. The quilt will be auctioned off as an item to gift to Madailein.