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Ava Buhr is a kind, helpful and “smiley” 5-year-old, but she also is a childhood cancer hero. A few years ago, Ava was a typical 2 ½ year old, with an abundance of energy and giggles, when she became very ill and had a fever for 4 days. Her doctors ran blood tests that came back abnormal and Ava was sent to a hematologist who performed a bone marrow aspiration. That same afternoon, the doctors confirmed every parent’s worst fear: they told Ava’s parents that their daughter had cancer. Ava was diagnosed with pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Her parents were devastated. They felt heartbroken, like their faith and spirit had been shattered. They could not understand how their only daughter, at such a young age, had cancer. Ava started chemotherapy immediately, and thankfully by day 8 of treatment she was in remission. However, even though the cancer was no longer visible in her blood, Ava still had to complete more than 2 ½ years of treatment in an attempt to ensure the cancer was gone.
Ava’s parents said they “learned to take it day by day, hour by hour and minute by minute when faced with Ava's illness, and we still live by that. We hope that it never returns and that she can be as healthy as she can be, and that she will live a long life. We dream of a cure for leukemia and all childhood cancers, so that no child should endure what our child has gone through.”
Hero Quote: “Our Alex's Lemonade Stand will be awesome this year!” – Ava Buhr (This will be the Buhrs’ second year hosting a lemonade stand. Last year, their first stand raised more than $800!)
Information provided by Jeannie Buhr, Ava’s mom
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