Madeline Leah Bosmans, 19, of Columbia, MD passed away on Saturday, January 21,
2017. “Matsie” adored her family and friends above all. She had a deep appreciation for
beauty, creativity, and the value of life. She was modest, tolerant, generous,
courageous, and cared deeply about social issues.
In April, 2014, she began her almost 3 year fight with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma at
Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Center. She felt this illness gave her life purpose and
direction. During this time, she completed high school, continued to stay a trusted friend,
and became a spokesperson and advocate for the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Center, for
the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, for the Ulman Cancer Fund, for Ebeauty and for the
American Cancer Society.
She raised funds for cancer families and she established Matsie’s Lights of Love, an on-
going project to lift the spirits of pediatric oncology patients. She frequently provided
food and personal care items for the homeless in Baltimore. She never stopped thinking
of how to help others and was an inspiration to everyone.
Matsie is survived by her parents Gambol and Kristopher Kyle and her sister Alaina
Jane; maternal grandmother Brenda Robbins of Port Charlotte, FL and grandparents
Charlotte and Richard Bosmans of Rockville, MD. She is also survived by her loving
extended family which include numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A Memorial Service celebrating Matsie’s life will be held on Saturday, February 4, at 10:
00am at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, MD, followed by a reception at the
church’s All Saints Hall.
In lieu of flowers, consider donations in Matsie’s honor to any of the following: Bosmans’
medical expenses (https://www.youcaring.com/BosmansGoodbyeMedicalBills), Matsie’s
Lights of Love (https://www.youcaring.com/Matsies_LightsofLove) or Johns Hopkins
University’s Loeb Laboratory for Rhabdomyosarcoma Research, (http://www.
*Be sure to specify “gift to support Dr. David Loeb or rhabdomyosarcoma”).
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