Ava appears in a St. Jude commercial, with her mother talking about her daughter's St. Jude story.
Around Easter 2022, Ava’s mom, Lakesha, noticed swelling on her daughter’s neck. At the pediatrician, bloodwork and an x-ray appeared normal.
But after a scan of Ava’s abdomen was also performed, Lakesha received terrible news. “I’m like, cancer? She is not hurting. She’s running up and down. She’s the same old Ava. She’s fine.”
But Ava had neuroblastoma, a cancer that arises from nerve cells. It was Stage 4.
“It was the worst day,” said Ava. “Mom was crying. I was sad. I was scared.”
The hospital near their home in the Bahamas was not equipped to offer 6-year-old Ava treatment, so her doctor referred her to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Families, like Ava's, will never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.
Vivacious Ava is “outgoing, outspoken, very smart, catches on very fast,” said her mom.