For the sake of a precious child
Avery is a beautiful three year old girl who loves to sing and dance. She doesn’t really like girly things…being a tomboy is more her style. To know her is to love her. She has touched more people’s lives in three years than most people do in a lifetime. She has cancer and it’s growing at a rapid pace.
Not long after Avery was born, her mother, Samantha Skillern, noticed Avery’s eyes shaking. A trip to an ophthalmologist determined that she had Nystagmus, an involuntary movement of the eye that could possibly be caused by a tumor. An MRI was scheduled. “I was positive she didn’t have a tumor,” recalls Samantha, “but I should have known by the symptoms. She threw up a lot and screamed from the time she woke up until the time she went to bed. It took two weeks to get the results back when it should have taken a day. I was taking a shower when the pediatrician called me, so she left a message saying she had gotten the results and to call on her cell phone. Doctors never leave you their cell phone, so I freaked out and started crying. She said the results took so long because they had to send it to Houston for a specialist to read. My worst fears had come true--it was a tumor.”