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Benefit held for child after heart transplant and cancer diagnosis

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Eight-year-old Avery Sweat needed a heart transplant last year after suffering a stroke and being diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy.

When Avery began having severe stomach pain after the transplant, his mother Ginger Sweat and Avery returned to Nationwide Children’s in Columbus, Ohio.

Doctors told them that Avery now had cancer.

“It turned out to be a form of lymphoma called PTLD caused by the anti-rejection medication needed for her to maintain her donor heart,” Ginger Sweat said.

Intensive chemotherapy treatments at Nationwide Children’s lasted 70 days and Ginger said this time around was more difficult.

“The cancer wasn’t as dry and dry and it was hard to do that,” Ginger said. “The emotional impact of hair loss due to chemo.”

Avery will continue treatments closer to his home in Milton at Cabell-Huntington Hospital until October.

A benefit at Roadside Park in St. Albans has been set up to help support Ginger’s family and all of their trips to Columbus and Huntington each week.

For an 8-year-old fighter, cancer is hard to understand.

“She had a lot of periods where she said she was so ugly and she had to relearn a lot of things because she had a lot of muscle deterioration,” Ginger said.

Ginger is a proud mother of a daughter who is always thinking of others.

“If you get mad at her, she’ll do whatever she can to fix it,” Ginger said. “His Make-A-Wish was a playset, but he had to have three swings, one for each of his sisters.”

Their family’s fight continues, but it’s one she says is definitely worth fighting for.

It’s a long long journey, I don’t know how long we’ll fight it, but I pray every day that God gives me life,” Ginger said.

For previous coverage of Avery’s journey, click here.

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