Avery Togyi is fighting for his life

If you met Avery, you would never know he was starting his third fight for his life against Cancer.  He is a typical four year old, full of life, curiosity and takes special joy in teasing his older brother Sebastian as well as his mom and dad.

The compassion this family has is incredible.  In addition to fighting their battles with Avery's cancer they also go above and beyond to support other families facing similar challenges, and lets be honest, a heart crushing and devastating reality.

On April 28th 2017 he was flown to Vancouver from Prince George after ultra sounds showed a preliminary diagnosis of a  Wilms Tumor (childhood kidney cancer).

In Vancouver at BC Children’s Hospital he would be formally diagnosed.  It was massive, stretching from his pelvis to his diaphragm and was displacing his stomach and intestines. He was 2 and a half years old at the time, underwent chemotherapy, surgery (they had to shrink it first) and radiation. He fought and won.   

They were sent home in the fall of 2017 and on Feb 27 of 2018 he returned to Vancouver for his first 3 month check up. The cancer had returned again in the original tumour bed. He and his family spent 213 days in Vancouver after undergoing surgery, intensive chemotherapy and radiation. He was sent home at the end of September 2018 and in January 2019, his first 3 month check up, he was declared decease free. He had beat it a second time!

Link to Avery (and Sebastian) learning about the Make a Wish trip 
After his amazing Family Wish Trip to Orlando, Florida, Avery and his family returned to Vancouver for his six month follow-up. His scans revealed that his Wilms Tumor had come back...again. This news was quite a shock to John and Rhonda.

I was with my brother and sister-in-law Rhonda when they heard the news.   I was playing with Avery and his brother Sebastian in the playroom of Children’s Hospital.   I could tell the news was not favorable. I knew they were going to have to fight this again.  Only children who grow up knowing this life can take this type of news and walk out of the exam room as if it's no big deal.

Since then, they've been home for a week, then back to Vancouver for more detailed scans. They learned happy news this time; his cancer has not spread to any other parts of his body.

They returned to Vancouver on May 6th, with surgery scheduled for May 8th. They don't know how long they'll be away from home this time, relapses like this are considered to be in uncharted territory.

Rhonda and John have been in Vancouver over 300 of the last 728 days. Their home is in Vanderhoof. Vanderhoof is nearly 1000km away. This fight could be the biggest fight ever. 

In order for the family to be together, John and Rhonda will both need to be away from their work for an undetermined amount of time. The focus now must be on Avery getting the best medical care possible, being together as a family and making memories.

This go fund me page has been set up to ensure that they can stay together as a family and continue to make memories.   All time and energy needs to be focused on fighting this cancer for a THIRD time!

The family was planning for a normal summer. The first normal summer they would have together since Avery was 2.  They planned to go camping, learn how to ride bikes, fish, and have lots of fun in the sand and mud.

Thank you for your support.  #bravepower

Mike Togyi, on behalf of Avery, Rhonda, Sebastian and John Togyi.

To follow the family in their facebook group click here
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Organizer and beneficiary

Michael Togyi 
North Vancouver, BC
John Togyi 
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