Six-year-old Kalea Avery told her parents, Duncan and Nohea, that she was having some bad headaches. When nothing seemed to make the painful sensation go away, Duncan and Nohea took Kalea to the hospital to try to see what was wrong.
It was a doctor’s visit that signaled the beginning of a new reality for the family from California.
Kalea was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a cancerous yet thankfully curable tumor that starts at the base of the skull and tries to spread to other parts of the brain and spine.
While Kalea was getting ready for surgery, her 4-year-old brother, Noah, started having some very strange behavior. He was sleeping a lot more than normal; he kept pointing to his head, talking about having pain; and he was particularly wobbly on his feet.
At first, Duncan and Nohea assumed Noah was experiencing stress and anxiety because of his sister’s health issues. Nothing could have prepared them for the next round of news.
In a case that left the medical team completely baffled. Noah was diagnosed with exact same tumor as his sister Kalea, and in the exact same location.
Doctors had never seen a case of two siblings being diagnosed with the same tumor in such a short period of time.
Kalea underwent surgery to have her tumor removed on June 11, 2018. Noah had his tumor removed just days later on June 25.
Now, as the siblings get ready for rigorous rounds of chemo and radiation, they have the best support: each other.
Now that Duncan and Nohea have stopped working so they can be with their children, a fundraiser has been set up to help them chip away at the medical expenses. It has so far raised more than $100,000.