Avery – Last Year and Now

June 10, 2011

Gracious Living Day by DayFor more than a year I have been writing about little Avery Klemola.

Avery Last Year

Avery Last Year

Avery This Year

Avery This Year

Avery and Mom Last Year

Avery and Mom Last Year

Avery and Mom This Year

Avery and Mom This Year

When she was only six months old, Avery was diagnosed  with non-rhabdomyosarcoma.

This is a rare form of cancer that has the characteristics of three different types, all in one. By the time she was diagnosed, the disease had already spread to her lungs and was ranked Stage 4.

After four rounds of intense chemotherapy, followed by surgery, her cancer had shrunk and there are now no traces of lesions in her lungs or anywhere else in her body.

It was a difficult and frightening time for Avery and her family.

But they banded together, and with help from friends and strangers, they made it through.

In fact, they did more than just make it through. They organized, formed Avery Cancer Fundraising teams, participated in Relay for Life and raised a lot of money for cancer care and research.

How is Avery doing now?

Avery is doing great.

On February 21st, Avery turned two.

She had her three month checkup this spring and there is no trace of cancer.

She is feeling well and is enjoying her days as a careless, smart and sassy little girl. She is speaking up a storm. She keeps up with her two older brothers.

Avery’s hair is growing, and getting longer every day.

Avery is a joy to her parents and everyone who knows her. She gives us all hope.

Have a glorious summer, little angel!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Sunny June 16, 2011 at 4:30 am

Tuoochdwn! That’s a really cool way of putting it!


Rosanna June 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm

‘Hoping and praying that all of the subsequent checkups for beautiful, sweet little Avery will show no trace of cancer………… *ever* again!


Sheila Klemola June 10, 2011 at 8:14 am

Hi Lillianna,

Thanks for the wonderful post. And thanks to everyone who followed her story. It means alot to have so many supporters.
Lillianna you do such a fantastic job on your postings. 🙂

We are all doing fantastic. She is definitely a spunky, happy, healthy two year old. She is always moving and smiling and loves people. It’s just fantastic. Praise God!

Thank you again,
Sheila Klemola


Liliana June 10, 2011 at 8:28 am

Thank you, Sheila, it is my pleasure to write about your daughter. You and your family are an inspiration to us all.

Your sister Alana keeps me posted on how Avery is doing. It brings joy to my life to hear that she is happy and being a careless, mischievous two year old.

I wish you, your husband, your boys and all your family a happy summer and all the best that this world has to offer.
Love and hugs,


Jelena June 10, 2011 at 8:02 am

What a glorious story! Than you for spreading the good news! All the best to little Avery and her family.


Liliana June 10, 2011 at 8:23 am

Sometimes, all seems well with the world.


John June 10, 2011 at 7:51 am

Hi Liliana;

Thanks for the cheerful story about Avery. Please keep us posted on her recovery.


Liliana June 10, 2011 at 7:57 am

I will, John.

What can me more heartwarming than the story about this wonderufl little girl and her family?

I hope that you are well and enjoying your summer.
Best to you,


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