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Madison Faith Chatten

February 29, 2004 - May 3, 2005


On an average North Dakota day, a not so average little girl was brought into our world. Madison Chatten, a Leap Year baby, was born February 29, 2004 in Dickinson, ND. This was her statement to the world that she was special. Her parents Aaron and Sheena Chatten, thought the world of their little girl. She was their first child and they couldn’t have asked for more. She was a healthy, smart, beautiful, and had a distinct personality at a very young age. Madison was the kind of child that made everyone happy that knew, met, or saw her. She was an amazing child that was very full of love.

She had a love for music and it was show by the way she would “dance” and “sing” when the sound of music hit her ears. Some of her favorite toys were the ones that played music or a tune she would bop around to. She was a complete show off and a little flirt.

Her contagious laugh warmed your heart and when around Madison you just couldn’t help but smile and be happy.

But, on May 3, 2005 in Glasgow, MT Aaron & Sheena’s life was changed forever when their daughter Madison, was backed over by another parent at her daycare driving a large Suburban SUV. The driver could not possibly see behind Madison when she was backing up. The blindzone behind a vehicle of that size is between 18-25 feet!! Madison’s life was taken immediately; she didn’t stand a chance. But, on her short time on earth Madison left a lasting impression on many people. Baby Madison was an angel on earth, and now she is an angel in heaven. She will never be forgotten and always be missed.

Madison’s father, Aaron Chatten had taken the loss of his daughter and turned his grieving into promoting change. He worked for years to educate parents about the dangers children face around vehicles. He continued to pursue an solution so other parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and families don’t have to go through the pain of losing a child. He started the Madison Faith Chatten Foundation, which will help work towards keeping other children safe in Montana and throughout the country. The foundation also helps fund emergency surgeries and medical expenses for small children in Montana, and helping with education expenses of underprivileged pre-school age children by giving away pre-school scholarships etc.. Through Madison’s foundation, many children’s lives will be touched with the hope that Madison’s tragedy will not be in vain. The loss of her life will improve, enhance and save the lives of thousands of children.


“The eyes of a child and the eyes of an angel are much the same, similar in so many ways. The eyes of a child look through the filter of their innocence: the eyes of an angel look through the filter of the innocence of their wisdom.”

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