When I first started training for the mini back in January, I thought it would be a waste of effort if I didn’t put all that hard work and dedication to a good cause. And it happened that a good friend from college, Allison, had a daughter, Ava, who was in the midst of fighting Wilms’ tumor, a pediatric kidney cancer. So with Allison’s blessing, I set up a little donation site and posted an entry on this blog.
Allison and Ava must be some of the most beloved people on Earth (for good reason) because within six days, we had already surpassed our goal. The generosity of people never ceases to amaze me.
This week, I had the privilege to have lunch with these ladies, and I’m ecstatic to report that Ava is now cancer free! Her last scan came back completely clear, and after one more scan, she can have her port removed. After that, there are the obvious check-ups and appropriate safeguards, but she doesn’t have to have any additional treatment.
When we were at lunch, Ava wanted to play Angry Birds – like every other four-year old (and some attention-deficited thirty-two year olds) out there. Allison talked in length about how blessed she is to have a child pester her to play, act up and ask for things because just a little while ago, Ava couldn’t really do that. And that’s something that will forever change her outlook on life.
It was a good reminder to not get hung up on the little things in life that really don’t matter at the end of the day. I think that’s pretty good advice for anyone.
So even though Ava showed cancer who’s the boss, there are still too many kids out there fighting. If you’re inclined, you can use this link to donate to the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, where Ava underwent treatment.
Keep running, friends.