What’s Good in the Neighborhood: City welcomes 4-year-old battling cancer

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — The city of Enterprise welcomed back cancer patient Avalynn James after she was gone in a children’s hospital for six months.

Shirts and signs were made to express happiness for little Avalynn’s arrival.

“On the behalf of our city and of course, the people of Enterprise, I have something for you, and I know you are going to enjoy it,” said Mayor Bill Cooper during his presentation.

Four-year-old Avalynn James was diagnosed with stage four high-risk neuroblastoma.

“Today is the first time we have been home in six months, so we just asked for everyone to support her in the best way they could, and they did a wonderful job,” said Kristen Mahan, Avalynn’s mother

Avalynn spent six months in a children’s hospital.

“She went through four rounds of chemotherapy, two stems cell transplants, and 12 rounds of radiation,” Kristen said.

Unfortunately, young Avalynn’s cancer returned a Gofundme was created to help Avalynn’s family with additional medical costs, which you can find here.

Kristen said throughout the entire process, Avalynn has exhibited the true characteristics of a fighter.

“Even though she’s going through so much, it never really affects her,” she said. “She loves the hospital — although no child wants to go and live in the hospital, but she loves everyone so it makes it easier, and they become your family since you’re there so long.”

Avalynn James is not only strong, but she’s what’s good in the neighborhood this week.

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