In 2013, at age three, Avery was first diagnosed with Wilms tumor. However, after an hour and a half of what would have been a five-hour surgery, doctors informed Avery’s mom that her daughter had stage 4 neuroblastoma.
Over five months, Avery endured many hospital stays, fever, sour belly, shots, allergic reactions, blood draws, blood and platelet transfusions, Broviac dressing changes, daily cleanings/flushes of her port, medications, five rounds of chemotherapy, stem-cell retrieval. and surgery which removed about 90-95 percent of her cancer. However, she later learned that she had cancer in her skull, entire spine, shoulder blades, upper arms, full pelvis, thighs, and her bone marrow.
After this, Avery received MIBG therapy, full-body IV radiation, a stem cell rescue and three different types of chemotherapy. Now she is considered NED, no evidence of disease; and despite all she has gone through, Avery is an amazing, loving, and giving child, who was known as the Sticker-and-Toy Girl on her hospital floor, giving out stickers to everyone and her own brand new toys to other children.