I know we haven’t updated in awhile and while I want to share some things that have been going on with Jack and our family, but I want to dedicate this post just to Ava.
Ava passed away last night after a very courageous battle with Neuroblastoma. She fought for the past 3.5 years against this awful disease and never gave up. Her parents were with her through all of the ups and downs and never lost faith in where they were at. When Jack was first diagnosed, Ava’s dad Mike, was the first person that we talked to who knew what we were about go through. He talked to Zac for a long time and gave him the rundown of treatment, doctors, chemos, and obstacles that could happen. Zac and Mike went to school together and to have them reconnect over their children both being diagnosed with the same cancer is just not right.
Jack was only able to meet Ava one time at clinic since Ava was in NY for most of her treatment while Jack was at PCH….Ava, Jack, and Ben all met that day. I remember it clearly because Ava was so shy and spent a lot time hugging her dad’s leg. She had on a little princess dress and when I complimented her on it, she say “thank you” in her little voice and gave a little smile. It is simply not fair that Ava and Ben are both not here anymore.
Our hearts break for Ava and her family as they have gone through so much and to imagine what they are feeling today is almost unbearable. Ava’s mom, Chrisie, is always so positive in her posts on Ava’s CaringBridge page and always holds her head high. I have a lot of respect for her and admire her strength. I hope you all visit the page and leave some words for Ava’s family as their lives have just been turned upside down. I would imagine that even the support of strangers would be helpful at this time.
Ava will be missed dearly by so many people…