What Everybody Ought To Know About The Death Of 2-Years-Old Avery

This photo is copyright (c) 2013 http://averycan.blogspot.com/

There may be nothing more precious in life than holding your baby in your hands for the first time. Becoming a parent is a life-altering moment that can dramatically change the direction of your life path. We all assume that we will have years to enjoy our children, but the reality is that there are parents out there that have to go through the agony of watching a child pass. It’s hard to know what’s worse: having a child pass away unexpectedly, or being told at the time of birth that the life expectancy of your little bundle of joy is less than two years.

This photo is copyright (c) 2013 http://averycan.blogspot.com/The latter of those scenarios is what happened to the Canahuati family when they found out that their baby girl, Avery Lynn, was born with a genetic disorder that would make it incredibly unlikely to see her second birthday. One can only imagine the mixture of joy and pain that the family experienced at that time. How they dealt with it is something that has caught the attention of people all over the world, whilst also proving that you don’t have to be around for a long time to leave a significant mark in this world.

Shortly after hearing the diagnosis from doctors, Mike Canahuati, Avery’s father, decided to start a blog that would allow family and friends to follow the progress of his little girl. What it ended up turning into was a bucket list of items that little Avery would be able to check off once she passed the age of two. Mike wrote the blog in a way that made it seem as though it were penned by his daughter, delivering a message of hope and inspiration in the process. The items on the bucket list were all things that most of us take for granted every day, such as having a bad hair day, or waking up with a smile on your face. Then there were those that came across more like a wish from Avery’s parents, with talking to mommy and daddy the one that is sure to tug at every heartstring.

What makes this beautiful story all the more gut wrenching is that little Avery only made it for 6 months before passing, but the difference that she made is the lives of those who loved her, as well as those who only knew her through the blog, is something that is likely to live on forever. Mike Canahuati scratched two items off Avery’s bucket list on her last day:

1. Not let SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) take my smile away.

2. Take one last breath, then take one more before I go to live with my Uncle Bryant, Nana Carolyn, Papa George and all my great-grandparents.

What the blog (averycan.blogspot.com) has done is draw attention to a disorder, spinal muscular atrophy, which very few people knew anything about before reading about it. This had the effect of driving people to create their own bucket lists, many of which now included helping raise money for research into SMA. It also helped people realize that we all only have a very limited amount of time to accomplish all of our hopes and dreams. If a little girl who was only with us for 6 short months can start to check things off of her bucket list, then why can’t we.

This photo is copyright (c) 2013 http://averycan.blogspot.com/

What this blog showed was that dreams and goals don’t always have to be comprised of things that we want for ourselves. If you have already made a bucket list, why not cross off one or two of those items and replace them with a deed or action that will help someone else? What would really bring you more joy; jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet, or taking the time to help make a real difference in someone’s life? The answer to that should be pretty simple.



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Morgan is the founder and editor of REALITYPLEX. After suffering from a life-threatening accident, he realized that the way we perceive things around us is based on our beliefs, emotions and experiences. In an effort to draw the line between perception and reality, he launched REALITYPLEX in 2011. Get to know him better and connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and G+