On January 21, 2016, Ava Khalipa was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or ALL for short. ALL is a cancer of the blood, it is also the most common type of cancer in children and thankfully it is treatable. And according to St. Jude Hospital, there’s approximately a 90 percent success rate.
Ava’s dad is Jason Khalipa, the 2008 CrossFit Games champ and CrossFit legend. Jason actually quit competitive CrossFit to focus on his daughter. In the process, his wife Ashley and he started an annual blood drive at NC Fit, through which hundreds of other gyms across the nation participated. They’ve also raised nearly $1 million for several foundations including the Jessie Rees Foundation and Stanford University.
Ashley started Ava’s Kitchen, a non-profit that supports families with kids living with cancer specifically helping them take trips together to make memories during this stressful time. Last month, they raised $400,000 at their annual benefit.
That’s unbelievable. So how’s Ava doing now?
Ava had her final chemo session yesterday. In all, Ava’s gone through 825 days of treatment, including hundreds of pills, being put to sleep 27 times, more than 100 IV chemo treatments and one very scary trip to the ICU.
But she’s not cured yet; she still has five more years of regular check-ups until she’s considered “cured.”
In the meantime, the whole family is heading o Cabo San Lucas for a week, then plans to spend July in Europe. Because of the chemo treatments, Ava has been unable to leave the country, so they’re making up for lost time.