7-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Helps Other Children Patients With Colorful Donations
Picture of Avery Evans in front, L to R: Avery’s mom Amber Evans, Iron County Ambulance’s Aaron Remer, Valley View ER Doctor Jeff Gardner and Valley View RN Erin Stephens. Valley View Medical Center photo.
(CEDAR CITY, Utah) - The thing little 7-year-old Avery says she hated most about the treatments was the “pokes.” The beautiful, sparkling-brown-eyed little girl from Parowan was diagnosed with leukemia just 8 days after 5th birthday, and has spent the last two and a half years of her young life bravely enduring those needles pokes, along with the chemotherapy, blood transfusions, and sometimes even ER visits. So to celebrate her very last IV chemo treatment at Dixie Regional in June, she, along with her mom Amber Evans, gathered lots of presents. Not for herself…but to be able to give to other children who have to go through the difficult, sometimes scary and painful pokes and treatments that come with battling cancer. This week, the Evans gave those presents, including bubbles, coloring books, stuffed animals, and toys, to the three hospitals that helped Avery beat cancer: Primary Children’s, Dixie Regional, and Valley View.
Avery’s mom Amber says “The outpouring of donations we received was incredible. We created a donation event in Parowan, and people just overwhelming supported us in what we were trying to do. We asked different businesses to donate and they all gave us so many things. I love that we have all these gifts to be able to give to the hospitals to give to children who have to go through what Avery did.”
Avery says “I like all the toys we get to give to other kids. It will make them happy.”
Amber’s mom expresses her gratitude to all those who helped care for Avery, and the kindness and truly extraordinary care Avery got at all three Intermountain facilities. “The best celebration of all is to celebrate the end of Avery’s treatment, and to pay it forward to help other children on their journey to be well again.”