September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 24, 2009 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors CURE Kid Ashley Averill. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time! Donate to Ashley’s Fund.
Ashley Averill’s Story:
Ashley was the oldest of two daughters. Her sister, Madison, is 10 years old. Ashley’s father, John Averill, is a partner with Insurance Office of America. Her mother, Melanie Averill, has been a homemaker since her birth in 1994.
Ashley began her 7th grade school year like all other students in August 2007. She was excited about her schedule which included clogging, guitar lessons and two art classes in addition to her academic studies. Ashley had a known passion for music and art. She excelled in her artistic ability and with her guitar skills. Everyone knew her talents were beyond her years as a young teen. Ashley was a beautiful girl from the inner most part of her soul to her outward flawless ivory complexion.
On October 14, 2007, she woke up at 5:30am with flu-like symptoms. Three days later her parents were advised by a doctor at Egleston of her stage IV liver cancer diagnosis. Her family was in disbelief as her health profile did not match the disease which had silently invaded her adolescent body. The large tumor on her liver and the smaller tumors in her lungs were known to be chemo-resistant. As parents who sought the best care for their child, Ashley was flown to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in November where 65% of her liver was removed. She was scheduled to begin experimental treatment in Bethesda, Maryland at the National Cancer Institute for the lung tumors. The week of her first appointment was spent at Egleston because a tumor had rapidly grown causing her liver and her kidneys to fail. Her battle from diagnosis to death was three months.
Ashley’s commitment to Jesus Christ was evident to all who knew her and her story. One of her weekly highlights was attending her Wednesday night bible study. She loved her group, her leaders, and learning more about God’s Word. During her battle she claimed Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Her 13 years of life has made a profound impact on many lives and she accomplished more in her few years than others who live to old age.
Her family has total peace and assurance of her new Home. She is missed by her family beyond measure. We hold on to the hope of seeing her again. We can rejoice at the glorious reunion awaiting each of us as she is among the cloud of witnesses welcoming each of us to her Heavenly Home. May her legacy of love and faithfulness continue for many generations.
About September & CURE’S Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time:
September is recognized as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This September, CURE Childhood Cancer has committed to raising awareness and raising money to help find a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime and put an end to this terrible disease through a special program CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time!
Please help us in our goal of raising $30,000 in the month of September while honoring special CURE kids each day of the month who have been affected by childhood cancer.
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About CURE Childhood Cancer:
Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and support of patients and their families. Since its establishment as a grass-roots organization, CURE has focused its efforts on improving the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with cancer.
The founders, parents and a dedicated pediatric oncologist, joined forces to support laboratory research that would translate into immediate care for children with cancer.
Since that time, CURE has raised millions of dollars to fund cutting edge research at the Aflac Cancer Center Blood Disorders Service at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine.
Through innovative programming, CURE also provides support for stricken families, providing them comfort and support during their time of devastating need.
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Visit us online at www.curechildhoodcancer.org for more information.