Hi, I’m Ava…

I’m 7 years old and I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. I’m the youngest of six! My siblings names are Nate, Jack, Nick, Lauren and Clark. I love to play with American Girl dolls and I enjoy gymnastics, ballet, swimming and Disneyland. Some of my favorite movies are Moana and Tangled. My family has a tradition of doing Friday night movie night where we get take-out, watch a movie and snuggle (even when I was in the hospital, we would continue that tradition). When I grow up, I want to be a food taster for the Food Network and an artist.

At age 2,  I was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

My favorite experience with Candlelighters NYC? Where do I begin? The Rockettes, the Statue of Liberty with the FDNY, East Hampton, parties, toys, princess dresses, Sugar Factory, Secret Santa, Uno and our stroller! Candlelighters NYC has been a bright spot in the journey. I adore Barbara, Amy, Teddy and Ellie and I look forward to seeing them when I come to NYC! My parents say their favorite part of Candlelighters NYC is having someone there when things are hard…having the support and knowing that Candlelighters NYC is family.

…And my family uses these words to describe Candlelighters NYC: Volunteers bringing joy to cancer families far from home.

Click here to donate to Candlelighters NYC in honor of Ava.