Avyan is something of an old soul. Though he is introverted and quiet, he carries himself with a confidence and a strength well beyond his years. His maturity and optimism have given fortitude to his family as they walk through the unimaginable.
It started with a stomachache and vomiting. What first seemed like a simple childhood virus began to worry Avyan’s parents when it wasn’t resolving. They brought Avyan in to see his local pediatrician who ordered testing, including a scan of his brain.
Neither Avyan nor his parents were expecting what came next ... they were told he had a cancerous tumor in his brain.
Thankfully, Avyan and his family were referred to St. Jude, where doctors placed him on a treatment plan that included chemotherapy and a special radiation therapy.
Families, like Avyan's, never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
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