My name is Avery Sax & I am (miraculously) 13 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 3rd 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.
Since turning 13 years old, I hear a lot of "lucky 13" and I understand why people say that, but you know what I believe? Make your own luck! I do my part every day, but it is getting harder and harder on my mom (who had open heart surgery herself last year) & 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.
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.
I'm always on the go! But for the last 10 months, I was staying with my uncle's family in a new community & focused on maintaining the recycling programs that were sparked with brAvery. So what's next? Well, honestly, my family just returned to a home of our own, and I've been settling in while really focusing on being the strongest person I can be in my faith in myself and my faith, period. I have another procedure right around the corner and am diving in head first, LOL! I was really touched by all the Recycle with brAvery programs that ran on autopilot this past school year and that we celebrated my 3 yr anniversary with a "reCYCLE" drive at a special Spin with brAvery event. We are actively looking for partners for an event to relaunch our 2015 100k bottle and can collection. I am also reaching out for the first time and asking for donations to make sure my medical insurance is paid on time so that I have no problems with authorizations & approvals for treatment, transportation or 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.
*It's time for me to return to UCLA. I bet they will have recycle bins now after I called them out on the KTLA morning show after my last stay:) We really need help keeping our insurance paid on time so that we can get all the authorizations needed. Keep that recycling coming!
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"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
Spa for the Soul, Sour Mango Speech - 3/2/14 Rancho de las Palmas, Moorpark 10am-2:30pm
Ability Awareness Day - April 2, 2014, Aliso Viejo
Relay for Life - May 3, 2014, Keynote Lumninaria Speaker. Moorpark
N'Shei Chabad - June/July, Summer Feature interview
Binah Magazine - September Interview
Fall into Recycle with brAvery - November 1, 2014, Peach Hill
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