Avril is a happy, outgoing and loving little girl with a
positive, never-give-up attitude, which might be surprising given the rough
past year she has had.
On August 29, 2017, Avril was diagnosed with B-Cell
Leukemia. She has endured over a year of treatment, starting with weekly
treatments for the first six months. Those were followed by monthly IV treatments
and daily chemo since February 2018. She has experienced six total hospital
stays, and five out of those six have been since February.
“We try to keep Avril’s life as normal as possible,” said
Avril’s mom, Tabatha. Avril goes to daycare every day and loves to play with
her friends. At home, she enjoys playing with her twin sister Becca and younger
sister Cadance. The girls love to be out in the barn working with their sheep
and pretending they are at a sheep show. A true country girl, Avril loves to
attend livestock shows, go swimming, watch rodeos, and play with her many
cousins. Whenever she’s inside, Avril prefers to play nurse to all of her dolls
As one would expect, Avril’s cancer diagnosis has hit her
entire family very hard. “Everything we
do has changed,” said Tabatha. “We have to be prepared to change plans at any
given moment. Our life revolves around appointments, sickness, hospital stays
and anything else that pops up due to her cancer.”
But Avril’s diagnosis has had a positive impact, too.
“Living with leukemia has opened our eyes to what children have to endure when
diagnosed with cancer,” said Tabatha. “We have made it our goal to do whatever
we can to make lives of cancer kids and their families a little easier. For
example, Avril had a fundraiser to raise money for chemo shirts for children
with ports. She raised enough money to buy over 2,500 shirts for children in
Iowa battling cancer!”
True to her outgoing nature, Avril is excited to watch a
game as Kid Captain and be close to the action!