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Avalon, a BuckeyeThon Kid, is very sweet and outgoing. She is not afraid to meet new people and has an amazing attitude about life. Her outfits are always bright and full of sparkles, similar to her shining personality. You can often find her rocking a yellow dress in her decked out, lit up wheelchair, beaming up at anyone she sees with that beautiful smile of hers. She has a heart of gold and lights up any room she is in. She exudes happiness and has a gift of making all those around her happy as well. She shares her story and BuckeyeThon experience with us in her blog post!
"My name is Avalon Havan, I am 12 years old and I’m a cancer survivor. My family has been involved in BuckeyeThon for almost 11 years now. I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when I was 17 months old. I did 2 ½ years of chemotherapy and then I was in remission. Today I am considered cured! Because of the chemo I developed Intracranial Hypertension, which means I have too much fluid around my brain. The fluid squeezed my brain so much I can die. Because of IH I have undergone many surgeries to help with the IH. I had two devices, one in my brain and one in my spine, to shunt the extra fluid from my brain into my stomach. I have a traumatic brain injury from a surgery years ago, that causes memory loss and affects my legs and hands. I can only walk for short distances and stand for short periods, so I have to use a wheelchair for long distances or times like the Dance Marathon. It makes me easy to find at the DM, my wheelchair lights up!!
My family and I have been involved with BuckeyeThon for almost 11 years and I can’t even tell you how much it means to us. We live and die around the BuckeyeThon! We all count the days until the Dance Marathon. Every person who dances, has danced, and every member who is in BuckeyeThon, makes an impact on me. You all have taught me kindness. You are willing to stand on your feet for 12 hours straight while playing with kids, or having your faces colored on by kids, talking to kids, dancing with and without kids. You treat my siblings and I like family. You’re willing to raise money for children you don’t know. You all have taught me what giving back really means. Ever since we started BuckeyeThon, I’ve wanted to become as kind and generous as all of you are.
This is the memory Avalon is talking about. Yes, it broke the rules…but it mended a little girl’s heart.
Because of my memory issues, I can’t remember a lot about past BuckeyeThons, but I always remember how kind everyone was to me. I remember one memory from years ago. It was from when the Dance Marathon was in the RPAC. They had a small bouncy house in a part of the gymnasium where the dancing was. I bounced for a few minutes and then came out. I had bounced the wrong way and hurt my back so I wanted to go lay down. All of the dancers I had bounced with felt bad that I had to be left out. So they came over, and laid down and colored with me. It was so kind it implanted on me.
I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE DM!!! I can’t wait to see the Moral Dance this year. I would love to boogie and sing to “Up Town Funk” by Bruno Mars and “Roar” by Katy Perry with all of you. I am so excited for my favorite part, talking to all of you! I love getting to know all you and thanking you. If I had one wish I would wish to hug each and every one of you and thank you 1 million times. And most of all, I love getting to see how much you beautiful, amazing, fantastic, wonderful people have raised. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I love you!
Always your biggest fan and forever friend,
Author: Avalon Havan
January 25, 2016
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