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Avrey’s Story

Our sweet girl was diagnosed with ALL leukemia Oct 14th 2007 at the age of 4, she finished treatment 2010. We celebrated being done and beating cancer, and she had her port removed!! Dec 6th 2010 we were devastated to learn she had relapsed. She now faces another long road.

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Our 4 year old daughter Avrey was feeling sick for a while, but was always feeling better when we were ready to take her into the docters.After not feeling well enough to go to the pumpkin patch on October 14th 2008, we took her into the immediate health care...they sent us straight to the ER to have blood counts checked. After having her blood checked they told us Avrey needed a blood transfusion and would need to have a bone marrow biopsy at DCH in Portland ( 3 hours away). We arrived at DCH the night of Oct 14th and after all their tests we were told that Avrey had cancer.

It has been a long year, but she is our strong willed child with an amazing spirit and has entered the maintenance part of treatment as of September 2008. We have come along way and we could not have done it without all the wonderful people who have helped us!! Thank you all~ The Walker's

-Cancer is the number one killer of children by disease. It is the second leading cause of all childhood deaths exceeded only by accidents. -One in 330 children will develop cancer before the age of 20. -On average, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer every day in the United States. -Approximately 12,400 children were diagnosed with cancer in the year 2000. -Each year, about 3,000 children die from cancer - more than from asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies, and pediatric AIDS combined. -Only about 20% of adults with cancer show evidence that the disease has spread to distant sites on the body at diagnosis yet 80% of children are diagnosed with advanced disease. -In the past 20 years only one new cancer drug has been approved for pediatric use. -Only 3 % of the budget from the National Cancer Institute goes towards Pediatric Cancer research. (That's 3 % for ALL kinds of Pediatric Cancers combined!) -The incidence of childhood cancer is increasing. The cause of this is unknown. -Pediatric cancer funding is nominal in comparison to other more publicized diseases such as pediatric AIDS or juvenile diabetes which increases awareness each year. -Most adult cancers result from lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet, occupation, and exposure to cancer-causing agents. The cause of most childhood cancers in unknown. -Approximately 70% of children with cancer participate in research trials compared to only 3% of adult cancer patients. As a result, many of the advances in adult cancer treatments are due to breakthroughs in childhood cancer research. -The government recently CUT the budget for Childhood Cancer research. -As a nation, we spend $14 BILLION per year on the space program, but only $35 MILLION on childhood cancer research per year. -The symbol for childhood cancer is the gold ribbon

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Avrey update

Hi everyone, I'm sorry we haven't updated sooner we have been doing all our updates on Avreys fb page these days but realize not everyone from this site is on there! So as of now we are in Philadelphia receiving treatment with a trial called Cart 19....Avrey was child # 7 to ever receive this treatment....they engineered her t cells to kill her b cells ( where her cancer is) ! She received those t cells Tuesday and they expect her to get really sick with a high fever and feel really yucky with in the next 5 days or so....this will mean the cells are doing what they are suppose to! Please continue to keep her in your prayers....Thank you all for continuing to check in on our girl, The Walkers