At the age of 4, Maelle developed severe headaches and her eyes began crossing, impacting her vision. She was referred to Children’s Hospital Colorado where she was diagnosed with a tumor on her optic nerve. Maelle underwent surgery, followed by chemotherapy to prevent further tumor growth. Maelle regained her vision and responded well to treatments but had to undergo follow-up testing to make sure the tumor did not come back.

Favorite saying (she made up)
“I’m the boss, applesauce.” 

Maelle loves music and is a performer at heart. She wants to be a teacher or a nurse when she grows up.