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The family and friends of Ava Crowley are uniting to help her and her family beat cancer!

As most of you know, Ava Crowley has been diagnosed with an advanced stage of childhood cancer - stage 4 neuroblastoma. A CT/PET scan on May 1st revealed a grapefuit sized tumor above her left kidney which had spread into the lymph nodes of her abdomen, as well as other activity in her chest. On May 3rd Ava had a surgical biopsy of the tumor, underwent a bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, and had a port installed for the administration of chemotherapy. Ava will be treated pursuant to the protocol for high risk neuroblastoma patients which entails 6 rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, stem cell transplant, radiation and immunotherapy over the next 9-12 months. She is the toughest 2 year old around, and she will beat this!! But she and her family have many obstacles to overcome and need your support. As a result of Ava's diagnosis, the Crowleys face many unanticipated costs - medical bills, prescriptions, extra housecleaning to ensure Ava does not get sick, extra childcare for Thomas, Jackson and Ella to compensate for the attention that must be dedicated to Ava, travel costs to other treatments centers, travel costs to neuroblastoma conferences and/or camps, and even additional iTunes purchases to ensure that Ava can watch all her favorite shows like Caillou and Dora "on demand" in the hospital. Although the Crowleys have insurance, that doesn't cover many of these costs, and it covers only a fraction of the medical costs. The $15,000 CT/PET scan was just the beginning of very significant medical bills that will accrue quickly. Your donation will help cover some of these unanticipated costs, help alleviate some of this additional stress in their lives, and allow them to focus on what matters most - getting Ava better!!

At this point, we do not know how much help they will need, but we know they will need a lot. We are starting with an ambitious goal of $50,000 which could help get them through the first phase of the protocol. We are sure they will appreciate anything you can contribute.
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