In July 2020, Ava Jones began suffering from debilitating headaches and a visible bump on the right side of her face appeared suddenly and without warning. Her parents, Kevin and Kym Jones, followed their instincts and pushed for answers to understand the cause of her symptoms.
Their questions were answered, but their worst fears were realized as Ava was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, an extremely rare and highly aggressive form of cancer that most often develops in the soft tissues of children and adolescents. There are less than 500 cases per year diagnosed within the United States. The diagnosis turned their world upside down, forcing them to rethink everything, to pivot and focus solely on beating cancer, something they never could have imagined dealing with.
Ava’s strength and courage are truly an inspiration. At just 8 years old, she is fighting for her life, undergoing intense chemotherapy and proton radiation therapy, and doing it all while never losing her incredible spirit. Ava has a big heart, a kind soul and is loved by everyone that meets her. Kevin and Kym are the hardest-working, most selfless, kind and loving people any of us could ever encounter. They are the people you need in your corner when times are tough.
Now it’s time for us to be in their corner. To help them fight and to give them some relief and peace of mind amidst the intense treatments and the unbearable emotions and anxiety. Ava still has a long and difficult road ahead of her, facing several more months of frontline treatment as well as six additional months of maintenance treatment.
Ava’s Army 5K will raise funds to directly support the Jones family. 100% of the proceeds will go directly toward building Ava her dream bedroom, a comfortable and inspirational space to help her continue to rest and recover, as well as provide assistance with the ongoing medical costs as a result of her intense treatment.
As Ava’s Army, let’s help this brave, strong, sweet little girl and her incredible parents continue to fight and to BEAT childhood cancer.
Ava's Army 5k will take place on Saturday, April 10th, 8am at the Nocatee Station Field. Our race course is getting designed and we will update our website once completed. And plan to hang out after the run at Ava's Army Post Party to enjoy our post race activities, including (details to come)
KIDS FUN RUN - Start time 8:45am (course details to come)
GRAB A BIB, BEER & PIZZA - Friday, April 9th, from 5pm – 7pm, Ava’s Army 5K invites you to Bison Trl (Twenty Mile Nocatee) to pick up your race bib and swag, visit with some of our sponsors, have a beer, and carbo-load on some pizza. Anheuser-Busch is providing an array of brews and KydRides will be providing the pizza.
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