Alden's Story

Thank you for visiting the “In Memory of Alden” website.

Alden was our joyful and much loved daughter, sister, and friend. In May 2008 she was diagnosed with AML leukemia. Alden bravely faced debilitating chemotherapy treatments and was considered cancer free at the end of that year. She resumed school and activities of any healthy 7th grader and it was a wonderful time for our family.

Sadly, in June 2009 it was discovered this aggressive cancer was back. Alden once again courageously faced more and heavier chemotherapy and a subsequent bone marrow transplant. Our prayers for her full recovery were not answered and Alden went to be with the Lord on December 13, 2009. She was born on the 13th. She died on the 13th. She lived 13 years. All during her life Alden was full of JOY. It should have come as no surprise that the day she went to Heaven was on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, known as the celebration of “the JOY of the Lord.”

Alden’s favorite place in the whole world was Camp Desoto. This camp is where Alden made special friends, laughed, played, and developed her values as a model young Christian.

Alden was able to attend a portion of camp during the summer of 2009. Although her camp was cut short and she was hospitalized, she was voted the Camp Desoto Honor Camper by all of the girls in attendance!

It will be our privilege and honor to partner with you to help make it financially possible for deserving young girls to attend Camp Desoto. Your contribution, small or large, will be used 100% toward offsetting the tuition of campers that would not be able to attend otherwise.

Thank you for your prayers and love and your participation in this worthwhile foundation to help others.

Cady, Lauren, Shelley & Steve Malachowski