Give 4 Kids: Ava's Story

SPOKANE, Wash. - When I first met Ava she was selflessly shopping for her entire family here at the Santa store.

The Santa store is another excellent program that your Give 4 Kids donations support.

This little girl has faced some real challenges.

She was born with MPS 4, which means that her body is missing an enzyme that breaks down sugars in her blood cells.

Once a week, Ava spends the day hooked up to a machine at Sacred Heart.

But she does it with a smile on her face, and when you're around her, it's hard not to follow suit.

Every year, Ava and I take a picture together.

It's become a tradition that I look forward to.

This year, I learned that Ava has some pretty big dreams.

“Being on the radio, being on TV, because I want to be famous,” said Ava.

Ava was born for the spotlight, but her heart is just as big as her dreams and personality.

“I want to be famous and what I would do with all of my money is I wouldn't keep it all to myself,” she said. “I would give it to people in need. I would donate it to this hospital. I would give it to all hospitals.'

The next time you're having a bad day, remember Ava, a little girl who has every reason to be down, and is lifting other people up.