All too often, when children are diagnosed with a disability or serious illness, their world fills with appointments and disappointments. They might face lengthy hospital stays and painful treatments, not to mention missed opportunities to be a kid.
Madison Steiner—nicknamed “Peach”—is making a difference in these children’s lives by giving them the gift of recognizing their individuality that shines through their health conditions.
At age 16, Steiner dropped out of high school, but she had greater ambitions. She earned her GED and a college degree in human services/social work studies.
In 2011, she decided to put her caring on canvas—but instead of turning to a traditional art medium, she started painting custom sneakers for children living with serious health conditions.
As her giving gained momentum, Steiner founded a nonprofit organization, Peach’s Neet Feet, based in her home state of New Mexico. Today, with the help of dozens of artists across the U.S., Peach’s Neet Feet provides 50 pairs of shoes to children each month. Each pair is customized for a specific child’s interests and courageous fight. The organization coordinates donations with more than 20 hospitals and other nonprofits nationwide. Peach’s Neet Feet only asks in return that the child and his or her family promise to pay the kindness forward at some point.
Since 2011, Peach’s Neet Feet has donated more than 3,000 pairs of shoes and helped 4,000 families with other services, including care packages for children (with toys and art supplies), essentials for families facing lengthy hospital stays, “Peach Parties” and other events to raise funds and/or community awareness, and a support network for children and families.
In 2012, Steiner’s work was honored as the winner of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’s Extreme Kindness Challenge, which gave Peach’s Neet Feet the opportunity to work with Storytellers for Good to produce a video about the shoes’ impact. Steiner was a guest speaker at the Chopra Foundation Sages and Scientists Symposium 2013, and Peach’s Neet Feet received the Sheckler Foundation’s “Be The Change” award in May 2014. In September 2014 she spoke at the 5th annual TEDxABQ conference in Albuquerque, N.M.
Peach’s Neet Feet and Madison Steiner’s movement of kindness are gaining traction—making a happier world that celebrates the individuality of all children, one pair of unique shoes at a time.
Kindness. Pass It On!
This billboard about Kindness features Madison Steiner.
Pass It On®
Tayllor FEBRUARY 10, 2022
Jumariyah AUGUST 30, 2021
she is so sweet
James Charles from California FEBRUARY 5, 2021
This is so inspiring
Jessica Beckham from Frisco,TX JANUARY 24, 2021
Hi my name is Jessica Beckham I live in Frisco Texas when I was 13 I went to Childrens Medical Center Dallas Texas and plano There I found I had a brain tumor I don’t have cancer and have never I still have my brain tumor I live with every every day I wish they would make Billboard for people with brain tumors!
Kendell Condrey from Narrows, Virginia SEPTEMBER 28, 2020
This is so heartwarming! Its like its telling my self to do the same and i do, i do donate my old clothes that I dont wear
Maddi Shay from Narrows, Virginia SEPTEMBER 24, 2020
This is so inspiring! love it.
Anonymous SEPTEMBER 23, 2020
really really good mabye amazing
Dragon from California SEPTEMBER 15, 2020
Anonymous SEPTEMBER 25, 2019
Anonymous JANUARY 9, 2019
this is amazing
Anonymous DECEMBER 19, 2018
I love it!
Anonymous OCTOBER 2, 2018
love it sooo cute
Anonymous MARCH 13, 2018
This one warmed my heart as I was reading it!❤️
Mckenzee JANUARY 9, 2018
The lesson of the text is always appreciate others. The message is don't always think about you but think about others in the world.
Anonymous OCTOBER 9, 2017
Anonymous APRIL 25, 2017
This is so touching
Vada from Skyline JANUARY 30, 2017
I love it madison
Jeffery from New Mexico SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
This is really good information about Peach's Neet Feet and what they are doing its touching that it gives the children hope and confidants
Anonymous SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
anomanus from austin SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
this is an amazing story super sweet
Alison from Brockton, Mass SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
I am in pure amazement reading this what a unique and compassionate way of giving back..My daughter was diagnosed with Brain Cancer in 2013 she is such a fighter...I would lover some more information on how I can get her a pair of these shoes I think she wold truly love them.
Anonymous MARCH 30, 2016
This is amazing!!! A am really proud of peach!! You are amazing! This story has made me feel that you can never give up! Just try! Like think the pink song try!
Maryrose from California MARCH 22, 2016
My daughter is the proud owner of a pair of Peach's Neet Feet. As soon as she finished chemo her feet grew 2 sizes but they still sit with all of her other shoes. They brought smiles through the biggest storm of our life. They are a master piece that we will always be grateful for.
ruby from 290 Niagara drive DECEMBER 15, 2015
that is so nice to make shoes for other kids
be from yourself! DECEMBER 3, 2015
Anonymous NOVEMBER 2, 2015
Trinity from NC OCTOBER 23, 2015
She was very nice to give a way her shoes and make a store. Thats a act of kidness.
Anonymous OCTOBER 1, 2015
this is cool!!!
alexis from arazona SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
Anonymous SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
wow she concurred this she such a fighter omg she's pretty
NULL from NULL FEBRUARY 11, 2015
The smiles these children get from a pair of shoes is amazing! My six year old lit up when she received her Olaf and Sven shoes. She wears them to all of her doctor appointments and in every new situation she faces. She is shy at first, but likes to talk about her shoes. Avery loved watching Delaney's dance videos and we all love seeing the smile Peach puts on her face. Madison's message of choose kind has me talking about random acts of kindness with my second grade students. Thanks for all you do Peach!
NULL from NULL JANUARY 6, 2015
What "Peach" has done is infectious, fabulous, and has put smiles on many kid's faces. We celebrate the wins, the fights, and together as a community we mourn the loss of the kids who don't beat the odds. Peach is very much loved. She has taught us all a good deed is never too small and that must pay it forward. Thank you Peach... for all you do for all of us.
NULL from NULL DECEMBER 24, 2014
I am apart of peach's neet feet designing shoes for the children on her list. it's a real honor to be apart of true kindness in this world. I designed and hand paint sneakers when peachs found me and asked me to be apart of her team. I was more than happy to help. she provides the shoes, paint mediums what ever you need. Then I paint the shoes with lots of love so the children can feel the love and prayers I put into the pair. Looking forward to a blessed new year filled with more kindness.