“Reason this person is a Gold Ribbon Hero: Ava has survived a Brain tumor, two bouts of meningitis. Numerous shunt revisions. She has a trach and g-tube although she cannot communicate verbally her smile brings all who come in contact with her joy. Ava is always happy her smile lights my darkest nights. She is the strongest person I know. It’s crazy saying that cause she’s my daughter. Ava has brought awareness of childhood cancer to us, our family, and friends.” – Christina R.