My name is Avery Sax & I am (miraculously) 14 years old. On March 12th 2011, while celebrating my best friend's birthday, I started feeling sick. I had the worst headache of my life & was throwing up everywhere. I flew in a helicopter to Children's Hospital and, after being in the ICU & months of procedures, I moved my treatment to UCLA where I underwent brain radiation for an inoperable, really BIG arteriovenous malformation (AVM).
I am so lucky that I recovered from my brain hemorrhage, but the doctors don't have a clue how things will turn out. I guess it doesn't look too good, but I continue to defy the odds & refuse to live in a bubble. And even though I only had a 50% chance that first year, I celebrated my 4th anniversary this March! I don't make a big deal about my "new normal" because I just want to live my life and do whatever I can to show everyone that each of us can make a difference and everything adds up.
As each year passes, I overhear a lot of "lucky" and do understand why people say that, but you know what I believe? MAKE YOUR OWN LUCK! I do my part every day, and its been hard on my family (my brother went to 3 high schools last year & my mom even had to have open heart surgery 2 yrs ago). We even lived with my uncle's family in San Diego last school year. But I wanted to go "home" since it was time to go back to UCLA this summer. Thanks to a lot of people giving a little (just like everyone coming together to reach recycling goals), we have had help so that I can have the best care possible. Every day I do my best to pay it forward with brAvery. I have faith in the difference I can make in my own life and for others. Together EVERYTHING is possible starting with me. I'm going to keep recycling & inspiring others to know they matter. One day I'm going to wear cowboy boots at my wedding and be a Child Life Specialist, and I am going to do everything I can to pay it forward to the siblings of chronically and terminally ill kids.
Avery (The Miracle Kid)
KAREN QUINCY LOBERG/THE STAR Avery Sax, a sixth-grader at Chaparral Middle School in Moorpark, and her mother, Kimber Sax, make a trip Tuesday to the rePLANET recycling center in Thousand Oaks. They recycle bottles and cans to benefit the nonprofit Avery started to help siblings of children with chronic illnesses. Sax was diagnosed with an inoperable mass in her brain.
My family returned to a home of our own six months ago, and I underwent a successful exploratory angiogram with another unique and interesting report. We decided to wait another year for radiation so my brain can grow more. I've been focusing on being the strongest person I can be in my faith in myself, others and my faith, period. This way when I am challenged, I am ready to dive in head first, LOL! I had so much fun celebrating my 4 yr anniversary at Orangetheory Fitness launching 40,000 cans & bottles in 40 days. All day long people celebrated with heart thumping brAvery. No better way to feel alive than by the beat of your heart and not just living but showing love to another and the earth! We collected almost 5000 cans & bottles at our "Orange is the new Green" kick off and know we will hit 40,000 by Earth Day, April 22nd. Thank you for caring for my best care. We have the power to help each other. My family needs help right here, right now. And I promise to keep calm, carry on and fight with brAvery!
Defying the odds, achieving the dream, promoting the power of hope & triumph, and determined to change the future as well as the future of GIVING.
40,000 in 40 Days!
Please CRV cans & bottles only!
Collection Site: Moorpark Fitness, 4209 Tierra Rejada, unit B
Dates: April 8th and April 22nd
Just look for the truck with orange balloons from 9am to 9pm!
Build with brAvery- Now! An ongoing commitment from the best in their fields to designate funds from projects to donate to brAvery and others developing a new system of giving. These community leaders range from award-winning, published and patent holding individuals who are pledging competitive bids and the highest quality detail from Custom interior & exterior lighting to cost effective/energy efficient lighting to Landscape installation, maintenance, design and more. Get involved in the cycle of giving with brAvery.
Spa for the Soul, Sour Mango Speech - 3/2/14 Rancho de las Palmas, Moorpark 10am-2:30pm
"Spin with brAvery" Ride to 100k - 3/12/14 The Rush Studio, Carmel Valley 7:30
Community Collection - 3/12/14 The Rush Studio, Carmel Valley 5:30-8:30
Ability Awareness Day, The Dash - April 2, 2014, Aliso Viejo
Relay for Life - Legacy, 5/3/14 -Keynote Lumninaria Speaker. Moorpark
N'Shei Chabad, Path reprint - June/July, Summer Feature interview
Binah Magazine, candles - September Interview
Fall into Recycle with brAvery - November 1, 2014, Peach Hill
Holiday Party, Miracles Happen - 12/17/14 Park Lane Senior Living
brAvery apparel available...
let us know if you're interested.