Avery’s attitude about having a brain tumor is, “Some people get cancer and others don’t. This is just what I have to deal with.” Diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma in June 2011, Avery had a craniotomy that removed about 60% of her tumor along with three months of steroids and is having eight rounds of chemotherapy. Her mom, Stephanie, says, “If anyone can handle this, it’s Avery… She’s a ‘can do’ kind of girl.”
Avery’s career plans have been shaped by her experience: “When I grow up, I want to be an oncology child life specialist so I can work with kids with cancer, but I definitely don’t want to give them shots.”
Avery is one of five St. Baldrick’s Foundation Ambassadors, representing the thousands of kids touched by cancer each year. Learn about how you can get involved to help children with cancer, just like Avery.
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