September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 25, 2009 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors CURE Kid Ava Mutz. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time! Donate to Ava’s Fund.
Ava Mutz’s Story:
Two years ago a young family of three was preparing for an annual vacation. The 2 year old daughter of this family is named Ava. That summer had been spent like a normal summer for a two year old. Basically living at the YMCA pool with her Mommy and taking well deserved afternoon naps. It was late July and Ava’s dark tan was giving way to a pale coloring. Just because we were going out of town Mommy decided just to have her checked to be on the safe side. It was there that Mom got the news that blood tests indicated Ava had Leukemia and you need to call Dad and head over to Children’s Health Care of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.
It was there that this family of three (with another one on the way) learned that Ava did indeed have Leukemia. We were admitted right away and were completely immersed into the world of childhood cancer. Now two years later those first weeks seem like an old but not forgotten nightmare. Ava was put on a treatment plan that was to last 28 months. She received her port to get her frequent treatments and numerous blood and platelet transfusions. Our visits to the ER were many. Our visits to the AFLAC treatment clinic were weekly. There was a 10 day radiation treatment that was the longest 10 days for a family to endure. There were many valleys and few peaks on the roller coaster ride of pediatric cancer. The peaks are what we have chosen to embrace.
Ava has grown and developed into a truly bright and precocious 4 year old. She has a smile and whit that amazes us every day. We welcomed a son into our family Named Owen. We have seen Ava progress through treatment with the heart of a warrior, the grace of a princess and the maturity well beyond her years.
One of the greatest positives from this experience has been the people we have met. If you ever need faith restored in the goodness of mankind, just visit the doctors, nursed, volunteers and child life therapists that work day in and day out at the AFLAC clinic and Children’s Health Care Hospitals. These people have kept us moving, kept us sane, given us a shoulder to lean/cry on and most importantly they have helped to cure Ava. At the onset of treatment I recall nurses that sat for hours by our side, in the middle of the night and answered our questions and reassured us that it would get better. In addition to those responsible for treatment we have met many great people through CURE, Leukemia Lymphoma Society and countless others. We are now on the straight away toward the finish line. Ava begins school this fall and will continue gymnastics. Even though we still have monthly clinic visits and nightly chemotherapy meds she is pretty much back to normal. We look forward to a wonderful cancer free future with our princess, thanks to God, family and the hundreds of supporters.
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.