When Ava was unsteady on her feet and having headaches, her parents expected a brain scan would rule out anything serious. Instead, they were in for a shock.
Five-year-old Ava had a cancerous brain tumor called medulloblastoma that had spread to her spine.
Referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, Ava underwent a second surgery, proton therapy and chemotherapy.
Her dad was extremely impressed by his daughter’s St. Jude care team. “I’ve never seen such professionalism and care,” he said. “They don’t do it because they want money, they don’t do it because it’s fun, they don’t do it because it’s easy, but because they really believe in helping kids. It can only be explained as a calling.”
Most of all, though, he’s impressed by his little girl — empathetic, adventurous Ava.
Families, like Ava's, will never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
Ava has now finished treatment and has returned home.