Blue Point girl, 7, battles juvenile dermatomyositis
Neighbors and friends are raising money for Madison Coffey, 7, who suffers from a crippling and painful disease that destroys the muscles.
Madison Coffey, 7, of Blue Point, has juvenile dermatomyositis.
Madison -- Maddy to her friends -- was diagnosed with the disease in June. She is undergoing treatment for juvenile dermatomyositis, a rare autoimmune disease that causes muscle pain.
Carli Lonigro sells lemonade in Blue Point to raise money for her friend, Madison Coffey, 7, who is battling a rare autoimmune disease. (Aug. 17, 2010)
Carli Lonigro, left, and Lyndsay Conroy sell lemonade to raise money for Madison. Lyndsay and her troop of fundraisers have raised several thousand dollars. (Aug. 17, 2010)
Neighbors and friends raise money for Madison Coffey, 7, who suffers from a crippling and painful disease that destroys the muscles. (Aug. 17, 2010)
Lyndsay Conroy gets her face painted at a fundraising event she and her sister started to help their friend, Madison Coffey, 7. The sisters galvanized an army of kids in Bayport and Blue Point to raise money by selling everything from hot dogs and cotton candy to temporary tattoos.(Aug. 17, 2010)
Madison Coffey is now receiving rehabilitation treatments at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla. Her condition has improved and she has regained some motion, but she is still getting nourishment via a tube through her nose.