Like many teen-age girls, Madison Rose Reed likes going to concerts, spending time on the computer and shopping.

Like many teen-age girls, Madison Rose Reed likes going to concerts, spending time on the computer and shopping.

But to her parents she's not like other children; she's a miracle.

At age 1, Madison's parents, Annette and Carl, were given dire advice from doctors: take Madison home and enjoy what little time you have left together.

But Madison, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1, has beaten the odds again and again, and celebrated her 18th birthday Feb. 4.

SMA Type 1 destroys motor neuron cells that enable a person to walk, eat and breathe, and is the top genetic cause of death among infants, CureSMA.org said.

"Madison does have the most severe form, but she's not as weak as other kids," Mrs. Reed said. "She has a strong will to live."

And Madison does live.

The family goes to Walt Disney World once a year. Madison goes to concerts -- she's a huge Big Time Rush fan.

Madison gathers with her SMA friends each August in Columbus and attends SMA conferences when she can.

"These kids are so happy when they can do things," Mrs. Reed said.

"When they do new, little things and experiences, it's the best thing. Looking at life through Madison's eyes it makes you realize what matters."

And what matters to Madison and her family is time together.

Mr. Reed, a teacher at Coffman High School, said his wife is a former labor and delivery nurse and well-suited to take care of Madison, and the mother and daughter are rarely apart.

"It's not an easy life, but I would not go back," Mrs. Reed said.

Many times, the family has had to battle doctors and find alternative options and treatments for Madison, but for Mrs. Reed, there's no other choice.

"If there's something I can do, I'm going to do it," she said.

That attitude and Madison's strength allowed the family to have a small celebration for her 18th birthday earlier this month. Mrs. Reed said she is hoping to give Madison a large celebration when winter thaws.

"It's definitely a milestone we never thought we'd see," she said. "Every year is one we never thought we'd have ... . Lots of doctors don't know what these type 1 kids can do."

While Mrs. Reed is able to provide most care for Madison, the family is still working to fight the disease in other children.

The Miracle for Madison and Friends group, like Madison, is still kicking and raising money for SMA research.

Gene therapy trials have been going on at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Mrs. Reed said she likes to meet and help families in town for the treatment.

Mr. Reed said Coffman students also continue to hold a rose sale each year in honor of Madison.

"We have a circle of support," Mrs. Reed said. "It's really helped to have the support of the community, friends and family."

To keep up with Madison, check out Miracle for Madison and Friends on Facebook.