Madison Handley is a rising eighth grader at Beacon Middle School.

LEWES, Del. – Madison Handley is a 13-year-old, soon to be 8th grader at Beacon Middle School. Her smile and bright personality light up a room.  Madison is a talented swimmer and travel soccer player, as well as an active Girl Scout Troop 701 member, and participates in the Beacon Middle School chorus.

Shortly after her 2nd birthday, Madison was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a cancer of the eye.  Each year you can find Madison and her family giving back to the Ronald McDonald House during the local 5k run supporting Ronald McDonald House charities. 

In the fall of 2022, Madison was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bone.  She has had surgery, many rounds of chemotherapy, countless hospital admissions, and has received blood transfusions.  During all of this, Madison has completed all her 7th grade course work at home and is a newly inducted member of the National Junior Honor Society.

Madison Handley, second from right, participated in the 2023 Color Run with, from left, her brother Braxton Handley, mom Erin (beloved Shields/Lewes Elementary kindergarten teacher) Madison and dad Rob.

The Blood Drive Honoring the Handley Family was brought about through the ideas of Girl Scout Troop 701. Knowing that blood donations can save lives, the Girl Scouts wanted to honor Madison and her family by organizing a blood drive, while also supporting other community members who may also benefit from blood donations. 

The In Honor of the Handley Family Blood Drive is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3 at Cape Henlopen High School. Please click here to book an appointment or call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8. Blood Drive Coordinator Cathy Ramsey and Blood Bank of Delmarva Account Manager Ralph Groves have signed up an impressive 60 people for this blood drive. But, there are 16 appointments still available.