LONG BEACH, California (KABC) –
One brother and one sister received the same cancer diagnosis within a week. Your parents want to inform the public about their children because the cause is genetic.
Life before Memorial Day was easy for 6-year-old Kalea, a daredevil skateboarder. Her four-year-old brother Noah learned to ride his bike.
Then a medullablastoma was diagnosed in both children within a week. The doctors found a tumor whose size was in the same parts of the children's brains. The family now had to fight cancer.
"You're crying so much the week before and then all you have left is broken, my wife and I just kept crying," said Father Duncan Avery, a surfing trainer at Redondo Union High School.
Miller's Children's Long Beach Hospital has become a second home, according to the children's mother.
"You have no choice, we have no choice If I break down, if I'm not there for them, who have they, right?" Nohea Avery said
Doctors told the Averys there were rare reports of siblings who develop brain tumors but do not show any symptoms at the same time or who are diagnosed with the same type of cancer.
"I deliberately tried and I talked to my husband, we can not ask why we have to ask what now, how are we going forward?" Nohea Avery said
These parents decided to become lawyers. They created an Instagram account, @ fight.like.the.averys, to create a community of consciousness.
"With advances in medicine, and if there's only one way to say," hey, you know, this gene triggers the medullablastoma, "maybe they can catch it soon enough," said Duncan Avery.
The pediatric surgeon removed both tumors. The cancer did not spread, experts said that the survival rate is 80 percent.
"As a mother, your job is to comfort your babies, your job is to keep them and give them everything." And not being able to do that is the hardest part, "said Nohea Avery.
She promised to do everything in its power to ensure that no one feels this hopelessness.
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