By RadioARTPOP, Oct 20 2014 10:02PM
10-year-old Avery was left visually impaired after doctors managed to remove 70 percent of a tennis-ball-sized brain tumor that she still lives with today. Avery and her mother Christianne made news when the pair got the attention of Avery's idol Lady Gaga and were asked to meet her backstage.
The following is a statement from Christianne Fournier for RadioARTPOP and Brain Tumor Awareness Month.
I do apologize for not having the stats for the U.S., but in Canada, 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour everyday. This is an astounding number. Some may go through their whole life not knowing they have a brain tumour, and can live a great life. Brain Tumour Awareness month has become a part of my daily lifestyle.
Many do not like to talk about brain tumours. They seem to get ostracized and some see those as people that once existed, not the people who are existing. This stigma needs to be removed and people should be educated. Again, we are faced with a dilemma of spreading the word, because it is difficult to find those to listen.