Tinsel and Tidings supports children battling cancer

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A Christmas celebration for a cause took place Sunday at the metropolis resort in Eau Claire.

The first ever Tinsel and Tidings event had cookie decorating, ornament making and a decorated Christmas tree raffle - all raising funds for Mighty Maddy's Mission.

The organization provides children battling cancer with birthday parties in the hospital, presents on treatment days and orientation baskets for families after their child is diagnosed.

It's all in honor of Madelyn Odegard who lost her fight with cancer in August 2017.

“To turn something so tragic and so horrible as losing a child into something that is so supportive of so many, it’s just inspiring,” said Benny Anderson, board member.

Mighty Maddy's Mission plans to hold the tinsel and tidings event again next year after a successful first year of raising more than $2,500 and collecting more than 150 toys.