Maddy Thoele (Miss Wayzata) was crowned Miss Minnesota International 2009 on March 15th in St. Cloud. Minnesota, where she competed with other "county/city" title holders from across the state.

Thoele's Platform for the upcoming year is "Leading the Way to a Cure". She will be traveling the State raising funds and awareness for The Children's Cancer Research Fund, an organization that is dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer. CCRF provides funds to the University of Minnesota for research and training relating to the prevention, treatment and cure of childhood cancer. The organization also educates the public about childhood cancer and supports quality-of-life programs for pediatric cancer patients and their families.

When Maddy was six years old, her sister Shannon was diagnosed with leukemia, cancer of the bone marrow. The next five years of their lives were filled with hospitals, chemotherapy, and an unending parade of doctors. These experiences taught her first-hand about the difficulties faced by children with cancer.

She is proud to be part of the Children's Cancer Research Fund because it is the propelling agent that drives the children’s life saving engine. She has fifteen years of life experience with children’s cancer, and has developed an unending energy to further support "Leading the Way to a Cure".

Much of the content of this article is from MissMinnesota.Org

Photos by Paula Preston