It was a normal day in October when something nudged Avery’s mother to take her 11-year-old daughter to the doctor. Avery had been experiencing weakness and pain in her right ankle for a couple of months. The first visit brought relief; the doctor thought it was a sprain and recommended ice, rest and Tylenol. When her mom picked Avery up from school a few weeks later, she was in severe pain and was taken to the doctor for an x-ray. This x-ray led to an MRI, which led to a trip to the Emergency Room, which led to Avery being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Avery has completed her second round of chemotherapy, which is just the beginning of the battle. Despite being contained and following strict hygiene rules, Avery has continued to contract infections that set her back. There have been endless blood tests, cultures, EKGs, meetings with doctors, and pill after pill after pill. The experience has been very hard on Avery and an overwhelming struggle for her younger sister, Ella. Their mom, a single parent, has had to take an unpaid leave of absence from work. Avery is often hospitalized because of the infections which makes it even more difficult for her family.

Avery’s treatment is expected to last at least 6 months with a possible bone marrow transplant. When she’s not in the hospital, Avery enjoys crafts, sewing, building, reading and hanging out with friends.

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