Kalea Avery, 6 years old, after experiencing several weeks of severe headache, had a brain tumor called Medulloblastoma removed on June 11, 2018. Her 4 year old brother Noah Avery started complaining of headaches 2 weeks after Kalea. He was also diagnosed with a brain tumor and had the removal on June 25, 2018.
Both Kalea and Noah will have to undergo intensive courses of both chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
The Childrens Hospital Los Angeles oncologists, the pediatric neurosurgeon , and her pediatrician have never encountered siblings having a diagnosis of brain tumor within weeks of each other.
Duncan Avery, the father, is the current surf coach ( and prior boys volleyball coach) at Redondo Union High School. Nohea Avery , the mother, is a nurse practitioner that currently works in an outpatient medical office and was a former nurse at Torrance Memorial Medical Center Intensive Care Unit.