The other day Carly Pearce and Michael Ray took a trip to the hospital to visit a young fan, Ava, who has been battling leukemia. Pearce met Ava about 2 years ago in Nashville during the CMA Fest as she was headed to her next event. Little did she know in that moment just how big of an inspiration Ava would later become.
“Two years ago, I heard this amazing voice as I was walking downtown to my next event at CMA Fest -- turns out, it was this amazing girl,” Pearce posted on Instagram. “She reminds me so much of myself at her age...so many country music dreams. She recently found out that she has Leukemia, y’all. No child should have to endure what she & her family are going through, but seeing the strength & faith they have is truly inspiring.”
Carly continues, “Life can change as we know it in a second. The Bible says that where two or more gather, prayer is even more powerful. I ask you to pray with @micahelraymusic and I as she fights this battle that I KNOW she will WIN. You inspired me 2 years ago, but today you multiplied that by 20. Love you sweet girl. #avasarmy”
Ava also took to her Instagram page to share just how special Carly and Michael’s visit was to her as well. Ava captioned her photo with an update on her health and then went into how thankful she was for the couple’s visit.
“Ava was surprised by the sweetest human @carlypearce and @michaelraymusic. My girl smiled as they performed a couple of songs, talked about their upcoming wedding, touring, family and Hodags! So much love in one room. Our hearts are full. This music family continues to amaze me. We can’t say ‘Thank You’ loud enough!”
“As we move through all the stages of chemotherapy and the crazy amounts of steroids we know Ava will have terrible days and good days so we will take one day at a time and enjoy days like today! Days she rates a 10 even when fighting cancer. #avasarmy #avastrong”
Reading those words of appreciation and joy from a family going through such a difficult time is incredibly inspiring. Even while fighting cancer, Ava still remains positive appreciating what every day brings with a smile on her face. Amazing.
To support Ava and her family financially during her battle against cancer, check out her GoFundMe page here. If you want to hear more about Ava's journey with country music, head over to her website, www.avapaigemusic.com.
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