Maggie Wiederholt of Walcott, Iowa, was 12 years old, and she was dying. She couldn’t do anything to change that.
But she could control how she would live in the time she had left. So, she set about to accomplish her “bucket list” of things she wanted to do in her short life.
One of the most important things on that long list: Maggie wanted to spread the word about Behcet’s disease, which is the rare condition that killed her.
And it has been my honor to help Maggie fulfill that wish.
For several months, I’ve worked with Quad-City Times photographer John Schultz to document Maggie’s end-of-life journey. I’ve written and written. And cried. And written some more.
Now, after extensive planning and teamwork with a lot of my colleagues, who helped us through it all, we’re finally ready to share it with you. This special five-part series will start Sunday, April 4, in the Quad-City Times.
You can also see it online at www.qctimes.com.
It’s a project unlike anything we’ve ever done before at the Quad-City Times. But then again, we’d never met anyone quite like Maggie.
If you want to hear me talk about the project on Mix 96 radio, here’s the link: http://www.qctimes.com/promo/homepage/audio_b3293576-3d9a-11df-8710-001cc4c002e0.html
Please take a few moments and check out this special project — for Maggie. Thank you!