FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- Congratulations to a special young lady in The Fort.
Maddie Dean, a Riley Kid from Fort Wayne, has been named a 2021 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champion!
Each day, the Riley patient bravely battles JDM.
It's an incurable disease where the body's immune system attacks its own cells.
Maddie is a longtime friend of Fort Wayne's NBC and is known for her artistic talent, big heart and her amazing fundraising skills for Riley Hospital for Children, based in Indianapolis.
This year, she will work in all kinds of ways to continue helping to get the word out about Riley.