2019_Stollery Story Squad _Digital Assets _Ava _350x 400 

Ava is a Harry Potter-loving, ukulele-playing teenage girl who lights up any room she walks into. Thanks to the world-class care she received at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, her future remains bright.

As a busy teenager, Ava kept herself active with dance, cheerleading and running club. Her mom wasn’t surprised when she started complaining about pain in her right leg. They went to the doctor expecting a prescription for physiotherapy but were sent for an X-ray instead. Next came an MRI and finally, after two biopsies, doctors confirmed Ava had cancer in her right leg and lungs. Ava’s treatment involved chemotherapy, surgery on her right leg and three separate surgeries on both of her lungs. June 2019 brought Ava a bit of a setback when doctors found an osteosarcoma tumor in her left arm. She finished chemo in November 2019 and continues to get clear scan results. Since having her first leg surgery in 2017, Ava has had no mobility in her right knee. After two knee manipulation surgeries in 2020, she has decided to amputate her right leg above the knee. Ava feels she will have a much fuller life with a prosthetic, and her and her mom are grateful to have a world-class children’s hospital in their backyard.