Not once but twice before the age of four, your young child is diagnosed with a brain tumor.
It’s a long road, but she beats the awful disease and is cancer free by the age of four.
She has learned how to ride a bike and developmentally is finally starting to catch up to her peers. She’s a little fashionista who loves dogs (specifically her boys Doc and Jax) and supporting her sister’s softball time. This child’s spirit, smile and zest for life are contagious.
It is July, 2016 and time for her annual scans. This year, unlike the last five, you hear receive scary news.
Tests are run and just like that, the cancer is back.
Only this time, it is terminal.
What are you supposed to do when the Mayo Clinic sends you home?
My friend and neighbor, Ava Hutchinson, is only 10-years old.
You guys all know her.
For the last four years, our Cyclone Fanatic community has donated $13,771 to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation (a non-profit aimed at dominating childhood cancer) in her honor.
Ask yourself this: As a parent, when you hear that news, what are you supposed to do?
I cannot imagine. But I have seen how my dear friends Kris and his wife Joni have reacted.
“We’re moving forward,” Kris said to me in a deep conversation we had in his garage on Tuesday afternoon.
That’s my dude right there, and is exactly where Ava adopted her fighter’s spirit.
By moving forward, the Hutchinson’s are doing an admirable thing that we can all learn from. They are taking a leave of absence form work to spend every possible moment they can with their daughters before what the doctors say is inevitable eventually happens. (In addition to Ava, 14-year old Emma currently has to comprehend something that no child that age should ever have to. On second thought, can you really ever comprehend this type of a scenario?)
That’s why today and in the months going forward, I want to raise money for this family to simply pay their bills, those being on the medical end, I, the mortgage, groceries or anything else.
I asked Kris about sending the family on a trip, vacation or something like that.
“She’s 10, pal,” He said. “She doesn’t have a bucket list. She just wants to be a kid.”
The plan from here: Try some chemo. Try to slow the growth of the multiple tumors, one that sits on the stem of her brain. Enjoy every waking moment that they have together.
There are tens of thousands of fans who log onto Cyclone Fanatic every day. I have the honor to reach tens of thousands of more on 1460 KXnO as well. Together, Iowans uniting cannot change young Ava’s diagnosis, but we can do our part and at the very least eliminate any financial worry that this family might have through the living hell that they are currently in the middle of.
If it is $10 (or better yet, $10 a month) or $1,000, every little bit helps.
And if you can’t donate, press that “share” button on Facebook. Retweet this cause on Twitter. Talk to your bosses and get your workplace involved.
Let’s help this family.
What do you say?