Meet MDA Shamrock Campaign Ambassador Maddee Helaire: Overcoming the odds runs in the family

Geaux Nation

LSU star running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire may be busy getting ready for the NFL draft. But he’s not too busy to support his little sister Maddee. Maddee Helaire was recently named Ambassador of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Shamrock Campaign, proving that overcoming difficult odds, does in fact, run in the family.

When Maddee was born, she was diagnosed with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. Her Mom Tonge’lia says Maddee was in the NICU for four months…and doctors didn’t think she’d live. When she did, the family was warned she’d never walk or talk. But she did. And she has thrived, thanks to a lot of prayers, hard work, and therapy.

Now Maddee is speaking out for others with Muscular Dystrophy, trying to help raise awareness and funds for the organization.

Maddie says, “I think that we should all be able to find a cure and make sure that anyone with Muscular Dystrophy should be able to have a better life.”

And her brother agrees. Clyde-Edwards Helaire says Maddee and the rest of his family have always inspired him.

“I always get asked the quiestion, what motivates me during football. and you know, my answer is always Madison,” Clyde said of his sister. “Not only because of her Muscular Dystrophy and fighting, but you know, just the trials and tribulations that my family faced.”

Clyde says being able to support MDA and his sister is a dreame come true. And Maddee says she likes having HIM as a cheerleader for her team.

If you’d like to be on Maddee’s team as well and help with the MDA Shamrock Campaign, just visit any Shopper’s Value Foods to donate and get your Shamrock, now through March 20th.

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