10-Year-Old Leaps her way Through Cancer


CHICAGO — With each leap and landing, each twist and turn, 10-year old Ava Blaser tells us an amazing story: Her own. 

“It gives me something to look forward to, like during treatment,” Ava said.

Treatment for cancer. Jennifer Reichek is her doctor.

“The fact that this kid leaves the hospital and goes to dance class is unbelievable,” Reichek said.

Ava was diagnosed with cancer in both kidneys when she was 3. Her left kidney was removed along with part of her right. After treatment, she was declared cancer-free back in 2012.

But then in January, the cancer returned. Two operations followed. Plus this current round of chemo.

And yet she’s not letting a little thing like cancer slow her down.

“I just kind of push myself,” Ava said.

She won a dance competition three weeks after surgery, a second with her sister Emma in May. She had chemo yesterday but said she’d be dancing on Saturday and heading to Hollywood for an award next week.

“Yeah, it’s crazy,” Emma said. “It’s crazy.”
Her doctors think Ava’s cancer is curable and her family is hopeful.

Angie Blaser is Ava’s mother.

“I expect the best outcome, but I have to let her live her life,” Angie said.

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