Only God knows how many people prayed for a 7-year-old Chicago cancer patient after her online video asking for prayers went viral.
But Ava Bright Lee and her family know one thing – God listened. The tests that Ava asked prayers for came back “clean,” according to the Daily Mail. Though the little girl’s prognosis is not good, she and her family said they felt encouraged by the answered prayers and the thousands of people who responded to Ava’s video with notes of encouragement.
Ava had biphenotypic leukemia, a rare form of cancer, when she was 5 years old, and she recently relapsed with leukemia cutis, according to the report.
When, last week, she found out she was having an important scan that would determine whether or not doctors would continue with treatment, she appealed for support on Facebook.
If the scan came back clean, doctors would be able to proceed with a transplant. But if any tumors were found, Ava’s only remaining option would have been to go home for palliative care.
In a moving video message, viewed 150,000 times, she said: ‘Hi everyone, tomorrow I’m going to get a PET scan and we really need it to be clear so we can go to transplant and I was wondering if you could pray for me.’
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She received more than 6,000 messages of support from well-wishers from as far as Cambodia, Korea and South Africa.
The family said God answered their prayers, and Ava’s scan came back clean. They expect that she will have a bone marrow transplant in a few weeks. Despite the encouraging test results, doctors still are giving Ava just a 5 percent to 10 percent chance of beating the cancer, her family said.
On Sunday, Ava’s family wrote an update on Facebook: “Tomorrow Ava goes in for a bone marrow biopsy and lumbar puncture to see how much disease is left in her blood. We are hoping for ZERO blasts so that we can head into transplant without any residual disease. On a night that usually brings so much anxiety we rest in the knowledge that no matter what tomorrow brings, the finale belongs to God.”
The prayers have had an impact on the Lees, but the family hopes Ava’s story will encourage others, too.
“You know what’s the most amazing part? It’s not Ava’s story that catches people’s attention. Sadly, every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. There are thousands of children battling cancer every day. No, it’s not the fight that draws people in,” the family wrote online. “It’s the love. And by our love, the world will see God.”
People can follow Ava’s journey on the family’s Team Brighter Days Facebook page.