Nohea Avery and her husband, Duncan Avery of Torrance, Los Angeles, couldn’t be more appreciative as their two children, who were both diagnosed with rare cancer at the same time, completed their treatment after 13 months.
“We’re fortunate because not every family gets to ring the bell,” Duncan Avery said.
To Avery’s couple, it seemed like the whole world collapsed as the oncologist of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Pediatric Hematologist Oncologist told them that their 5-year-old Noah had the same diagnosis as his 7-year-old sister, Kaleah, who was diagnosed with a rare malignant brain tumor 13 days earlier.
“The oncologist sent us down to the emergency room to get an MRI of him and the E.R. doc said I’m sorry but we found a mass in the same spot that your daughter had,” Nohea Avery said.
Dr. Ashley Margol admitted that the case was incredibly rare, having such two young children in the same family diagnosed so close together.
However, the siblings proved they are inseparable as they went through the treatment together and completed the treatment at the same time.
Noah was too young for radiation. He underwent intense chemotherapy that concluded in January. Kaleah underwent both and this week she crossed the finish line. The bell ringing symbolizing the end of treatment.
“If they were both going to have to go through this type of situation,” Nohea Avery said, “We were grateful that they were doing it together.”
Duncan Avery said, “Whatever obstacle you’re faced with, there’s a way to overcome it.”