Sadie’s mom, Kiley, describes her young daughter as the “quiet observer” – one full of life and curiosity.
She loves to draw and would color for hours. “We would laugh because she loves to draw with both of her hands, and would create very intricate pieces of art.”
When Sadie was 7-years-old, Kiley noticed her daughter running into walls, and tripping more frequently. She admits that she thought her daughter needed glasses, but doctors later confirmed her worst nightmare– a brain tumor.
“The doctor came into the room, and said, ‘I am so sorry to tell you this, but your daughter has germinoma, and she needs radiation and chemotherapy immediately.”
Devastation set in. Kiley says not knowing anything about brain tumors, she thought her daughter received a terminal diagnosis. Fortunately, after six months of high-dose treatment, Sadie’s health was looking up.
“During time of treatment, the tumor blinded her, so she could no longer color. We ended up spending our days in the hospital listening to music, and the songs brought her comfort and healing in a way that nothing else could.”
So, when it came time for Sadie to make her wish through Make-A-Wish, she leaned on the comfort of music in her decision making. Sadie wished to meet Christian artist, Francesca Battistelli.
“It was exactly what she needed. Francesca was so thrilled to meet Sadie, and she made it the perfect experience. We went into the recording studio and learned background vocals on one of her songs, Royalty.”
Francesca and Sadie remain in touch, and Kiley admits that these two years have changed her daughter drastically. “Her medical journey brought about a transformed Sadie - she is more- she is more confident, more outgoing and has a fantastic way of expressing herself in front of others.”