Maddie Jo Norton was diagnosed with Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections after she began having numerous seizures that were followed by periods of regression where the 15 year old from Webberville would act more like a 5 year old.

Without expensive treatment, brain damage would likely be permanent, doctors told her family, but thanks to you, more than $16,000 was raised via a GoFundMe site and that allowed Maddie Jo to travel to Chicago to begin treatment, which has a pretty good shot at successfully putting her into remission.

After her first day of treatment, Maddie Jo's dad, "Doc," speaking to, said "It made her feel so so but she is so strong!!! Please keep prayers coming! Thank you.”

$16,000 covers a single treatment, but not transportation or any other costs associated with Maddie Jo's care and treatment.  Fortunately, numerous individuals and organizations have stepped up to help after hearing of Maddie Jo's condition.

Here's one way that you can help this Saturday:

St. Patty's Day comes early at Bengel Wildlife Center, with an evening of fun in the beautiful cedar lodge with a roaring fire and plenty of food, drink and activities, and it all benefits Maddie Jo Norton.  Saturday, March 15th from 6:30 to 11pm.  $25/ticket and only 150 tickets available.  The evening will include Hors d'oeuvers, music, silent and live auctions, door prizes and more.  Bengel Wildlife Center is located at 6380 Drumheller Rd in Bath.  (Take exit 92 off I-69 at Webster Road.)  RSVP NOW by calling (517) 641-7677 or email