Whooping and hollering, jumping and dancing, 11-year-old cancer survivor Madison "Maddy" Marzano is celebrating life with a vengeance.


"I want to share hope around the world and tell them they can do it," said the Hesperia girl who is celebrating 10 years without cancer by attempting to raise $10,000 for the Relay For Life.


"It inspires our survivors," event chair Tracy Moyer said during a fundraiser Wednesday afternoon at a Hesperia intersection. "Cancer is not a death sentence at all. There's hope."


Hope was about all the Marzano family could cling to in 1999 when doctor's discovered their baby girl had a malignant Wilms tumor the size of a grapefruit. In October of that year, doctor's removed the girl's right kidney, leaving a scar that went from side to side. In April of the following year, after repeated chemotherapy treatments, doctors declared she was cancer free, a statement that has been proven true a decade later.


"I had it. I fought it. I survived," Maddy says today.


The Marzano family and supporters are raising the money by selling hats that are hand-knitted by Maddy, her family and others. During an hour the previous Sunday, the Marzano's raised $80 from passersby wanting to lend a hand.


"Our mission is that she tries to show the hopeful side of cancer," said her mother Julie Marzano. "We want to show you can win the battle."


The $10,000 represents $1,000 for each year she's been cancer free, her mother added.


Maddy is getting ample help from others. Celebrity Kim Kardashian wrote, "Check out my friend Maddy! She is now cancer free! She brings hope for the New Year!" on her Twitter feed, which has more than 2 million subscribers. And a video uploaded to YouTube easily surpassed the 10,000 viewer goal with more than 16,000 views to date.


"She's a hometown hero," said Moyer.


The first committee meeting of the year for the Relay For Life of Hesperia will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11 at Lime Street Park in Hesperia. Team meetings begin at 6 p.m. The Relay for Life will be held on April 10-11.