Avril | 2019 Basketball Kid Captain | Blank Children's

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Avril

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 with cancer. 

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!