Ava Kay was diagnosed with Ependymoma Brain Cancer on May 28, 2011. Since diagnoses she has undergone over 44 surgeries, 33 rounds of proton radiation, 14 rounds of chemotherapy, and a round of cyber knife radiation.
She has relapsed 3 times with a 7% chance of survival.
She started this journey shortly after her 2nd birthday with a mickey button, tracheotomy, lost the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow, gag, or cough. Ava has worked hard and no longer requires the use of ANY medical devices, she relearned to walk and has never stopped fighting. She does require nightly growth hormone injection to continue thriving and frequent MRIs but otherwise is living a relatively normal life post cancer treatment.
Ava did have radiation before the age of 3 which has caused learning delays and disabilities. She spends most her school days working hard to overcome and conquer all her educational struggles.