Ava Olson will always be remembered as a sweet, sassy and loving girl that brought a nation of people together in prayer. On a typical fall day Ava's coordination seemed off, after addressing with the medical professionals she was rushed to Lurie's Children's Hospital where her diagnosis was confirmed, Ava was diagnosed with DIPG. After Ava was diagnosed people from all walks of life stepped up to pray and support the Olson family in any way they could. During Ava's journey people donated their time, money, prayers and random acts of kindness all in hopes of finding a cure for this sweet girl.
Ava was a warrior from the very beginning, not just in this battle in all her encounters. Ava's famous response was always “I'm fine!”, she wanted to keep everyone around her at ease. Her legacy taught us that if you are going to do something do it fully committed and until the end, do not be afraid and give everything a chance. She taught us that life should not be taken too seriously, to have fun in all that you do and most importantly she taught us that a true Warrior fights for something in perfect love.
We know that “perfect love drives out all fear!” – 1 John 4:18 Ava's story ended way too soon, she will always be a Warrior and her family will continue to be Warriors who are dedicated to battling this cause in her name.
At 9 years old, Ava was diagnosed with DIPG. She battled for 6 months and 10 days.