It's Saturday, August 17th, 24 Days after Maggie received Lucas' bone marrow. It's also 2 days until Maggie turns 5! A lot of Maggie's family are down in Boston, getting ready to celebrate the big day,when Maggie turns a whole hand (5). In chatting with Lauren online, it sounds like the nurses and child life specialists have some tricks up their sleeves to make it a special day.

Everyone who has sent cards, or said prayers have contributed to making it a special day as well! As of yesterday, August 16th, Maggie had received over 500 cards, letters and presents. To say that the family is overwhelmed by everyone's generosity is an understatement!

Medically, Maggie is doing well. They decided not to put in the nasal tube, for now, and Maggie is gamely trying to swallow and keep down the anti-rejection medicine. Please continue praying for her, that she'll be able to tolerate the medicine and can avoid the tube.

Plans are still on for discharge to the Neely House soon. As Lauren wrote:

Hopefully sometime next week we will be discharged to the Neely House. I can't wait. At least once we are there I can put her in our stroller and take her out for walks, we can walk to the park and sit on a blanket and blow bubbles or toss around a ball. She won't be able to go in any stores, restaurants, playgrounds..etc, but we can go for walks and that will be so nice. Can't  believe she has been in the hospital for over 5 weeks. Sometimes it feels like time is standing still and at other moments it feels like it has gone by in a flash.

Mark your calendar for Monday, August 19th, because that night will be a Team Maggie Night at Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant on the Hogan Road in Bangor. They will be donating 10 percent of all the dinner sales to Team Maggie, and there will be a 50/50 raffle. If you would like to help with the planning, please call Chris Popper at 941-1994 or email me at  More info can be found HERE

Maggie turns 5 on August 19th. She will be in the hospital still on her birthday. If you’d like to send a card or a gift, her address is

BMT Unit Floating 6
Attention: Maggie Rudnicki
750 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

I asked Maggie’s mom what she likes and this is Lauren’s reply

“She loves the Boston bruins, lip gloss and scary things (ghost stories, vampires, goosebumps books etc) those are a few favorites but honestly just well wishes are all she needs!”

Please keep praying. Prayers do work! They’ve made those little white cells grow, and those white blood cells are what’s making Maggie feel so good. The change in in the past 10 days has been nothing short of miraculous!  Pray for a peaceful night and week ahead.   Pray for a sense of calmness for Maggie, Lauren and the entire Rudnicki family. Pray that those white blood cells continue to grow, and grow quickly!  Pray for healing, pray for strength! Pray that they can be discharged to the Neely House soon! Pray that Maggie can swallow the medicine and not need a nasal tube.

You can make a donation to help defray the medical and travel costs associated with Maggie’s care. Maggie has been down in Boston for over 4 weeks. If you want to make a donation, click HERE for the details

We now have over 100 photos of Team Maggie support up on the site. If you want to send your picture, you can upload it HERE or just click HERE to view them all.Please note, if you do upload them, they don’t appear instantly, as we are moderating all pictures, just to insure appropriate content. You can also send me your pictures directly at

More later. Keep the faith Team Maggie!