Family buries third child, lost to rare form of brain cancer: “I am sick of it”

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BONITA SPRINGS, Florida — A Florida family is remembering another child whose life was taken too soon.

Ten-year-old Isabella Mading died on Saturday, February 6th after her year-long battle with a rare form of brain cancer — the same disease that killed her older brother in 2010 and her older sister 2013.

Isabella Mading

Isabella Mading

Their mother is fighting for a cure and wants to help other families in their battle against childhood cancer.

“I am sick of it. I am sick of it for my kids. I am sick of it for every person out there,” said mother Erin Mading.

Erin Mading is suffering a fate no parent should.

“You want to say ‘I have five (children),’ but you know people are going to look at you, but yet my child did exist,” she said.

Mading has buried three of her five children over the past six years. All of them were diagnosed with Lynch Syndrome III, a form of brain cancer resulting from a rare gene mutation.

“We had a 25 percent chance. We both carry a mutation. We had no idea. To give our kids both of our mutations? Three out of five got both mutations,” Erin Mading said.

Mading lost “Bell” on Saturday — a lively little girl who loved to dance and dreamed of becoming a nurse one day.

“She matured into this beautiful young girl who had so much faith. She wasn’t scared. She just wanted to help people,” Mading said.

Now, her family is taking comfort in knowing she has her brother and her sister to look out for her.

“She knew what her fate was,” Mading said.

Mading said she will continue to push for a cure, citing other changes including additional sibling support and grief counseling for the families of cancer patients.


  • Vanessa

    My condolences to you and your family. I have lost a daughter to leukemia and I can’t imagine losing any of my other four children the same way. I can’t even begin to comprehend your heartache. Love and condolences to your family.

  • Ks

    Three kids in one family. That’s not “rare”. How sad. I feel so sad for the family. I wonder if it’s some kind of genetic trait that is passed on by both parents?

    • Ks

      Oh. Ooops. I just read the rest of the article. So it is a gene that both parents carry. So sad… and what are the odds? wow!

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