Event Information

 

Ambassador AvaOur 2018 Summer Bash Ambassador is Ava


TheSummer Bash project allows us to heighten the public awareness of the financial hardships experienced by families with a child battling cancer.

The event held on Saturday August 25th, 2018 at the Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center, 12520 Westport Parkway, La Vista, Nebraska will be the 12th Annual Summer Bash. The event " An Evening In Paris" includes entertainment, Live and Silent Auctions, Dessert Auction, Dinner and Program. Cost per person is $100.00/tables of 10 = $1000 if booked before July 13th , price increases to $150.00/table of 10 = $1500for reservations received and paid after July 13th.

 

How can you assist?

Join us at our event. Get nine of your friends together, reserve a table, become a sponsor through a donation, purchase auction items and feel great knowing you have helped brighten a child and their family’s day.

Click here to purchase your tickets. 

If you have any questions regarding your registration, please call Sue Penner at 402-510-4083.

Funds raised are used to help individual families and their children through assistance rent, mortgage, food, utilities, prescriptions, gas cards, etc. MAYF provides financial support to Camp Quality of the Heartland and Camp CoHoLo, two local cancer camps that allow kids to be kids. Financial support is also provided to the University of Nebraska Medical Center Pediatric Oncology Department with the Visa gift cards and monies to purchase packets to give to families with a newly diagnosed child. The MAYF pledged $10,000 to sponsor the new Pediatric Oncology Playroom at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center which was net in 2011, as well as providing Visa gift cards and monies to be used for immediate support to those families.


Meet Ava our 2018 Summer Bash Ambassador

Ava was an active, happy, healthy 4-year-old little girl! She loved going to dance class, taking swim leassons and going to preschool every day. That was until January 2017 when one day she began complaining of back pain. Within a week, Ava was no longer able to walk, stand or even sit up most times due to the severe pain in her back. She was sent to specialist after specialist. She underwent countless blood tests, x-rays and exams, all leaving the family with no answers and feelings of desperation and confusion. Finally, in March 2017, a full body MRI was done and found 7 compression fractures in her vertabrae. These results landed Ava back at Children's Hospital and Medical Center where they did a bone scan and Ava was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) or " Brittle Bone Disease" Ava stated treatment immediately after her diagnosis which was two full days in Children's Hospital Infusion center where she received a large dose of Pamidronate. After two weeks and no results, the family was left again with no answers realizing she did not have OI. Ava was again admitted to Children's Hospital for more tests and MRIs on March 24, 2017.

Ava was diagnosed with Lymphoblastic Leukemia (B-ALL) on Monday, March 27, 2017. Ava began treatment two days later.

Over the past year, Ava has endured unmeasuable amounts of pain and discomfort and has handled every needle, every treatment, every fever, and trip to the ER with absolute strength and perfection. She has more heroic instincts and strength in her pinky than most adults could ever imagine having.

In January, Ava headed back to preschool, dance class and swimming lessions and her Make a Wish trip to Disney World is scheduled for May and starting in August Kindergarten. the family has many things to be excited about this year including the conclusion of her intense treatment this winter. The family is blessed to have the treatment, care, and expertise of the staff at Children's Hospital and Medical Center. Ava has been a strong, resilient fighter and the family is confident that this wil just be another chapter in her amazing book that she will be able to learn from and share someday!

 

Past Summer Bash Ambassadors

2017 - Chase
2016 - Alex

2015 - Leyna

2014 - Smon, Knox

2013 - Grace, Teagan & Ryleigh

2012 - Ashlee

2011 - Jacob

2010 - Abby

2009 - Treasure

2008 - Charlie & Morgan

2007 - Kendra