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MACC Star Maggie takes us on a tour of the Art Museum

CREATED Dec. 16, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Maggie Schlehlein of Germantown is only 11 years old, but she knows a lot about the Milwaukee Art Museum. She recently took TODAY'S TMJ4 on a tour of the museum--something she wasn't able to do just a few years ago.

Her mom Sue admits, "It's overwhelming. I still get emotional. When they say that you child has cancer it kinda blows your mind." 

Maggie was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009. Her dad Kurt recalls, "It was a shock, a big shock for us. It was tough for me and Sue. Maggie--we didn't want her to go through it."

Maggie battled 2 1/2 years of chemo, and now she is cancer free!

"I'm feeling great, and I can do a lot more things now than before," Maggie beams.

One of those things is designing this year's MACC Star ornament. Money raised goes towards local childhood cancer research. Maggie was very honored to be chosen as the designer.

"I always wished it would happen, and always had ideas of what I would do on it," she says.

Maggie used her art expertise to come up with her design. She explains, "I came up with this because hope, you always need hope and everyday you'll always have it in your heart."

Maggie truly is a little girl with a winning attitude! She says, "I stayed positive this whole entire time, I beat cancer. and, I can do anything."

Despite these trying past few years, the family feels lucky.

"We don't take little things for granted, always look on the bright side, and be thankful for what we have been given," Sue explains.

Maggie looks forward to many more visits to the Milwaukee Art Museum! You can get a MACC Star at Buddy Squirrel Nut Shops and at Balistreri's Sendik's Markets, but don't delay, because they usually sell out.