Merrimac native Avalanna Routh, like most 6-year-old girls, loves Justin Bieber and getting dolled up. She is often seen wearing the general manager tag around a Methuen salon, making workers and customers alike smile with her infectious laugh.
Unlike other 6-year-olds, Avalanna is fighting a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer known as AT/RT. An estimated 30 cases are diagnosed each year in the U.S. and there is currently no treatment for it.
The outgoing girl must endure constant surgeries and doses of chemotherapy, but her strength at such a young age has taught her parents, and many others, invaluable lessons.
“Live life every single day. Every single moment,” says Aileen Routh, Avalanna’s mother. “We only have today and we have so much fun each day with her.”
Everyone who knows her describes her magnetic personality. It is that personality that has so many people adopting her campaign to meet Justin Bieber.
Her father, Cameron, summed up what is so loveable about Avalanna.
“She pretty much loves everything she does. It's a great attitude. It's great to be around. You don't encounter many people that love everything they're doing,” says Cameron Routh.
One thing Avalanna certainly loves is Justin Bieber’s music. She fearlessly sang Bieber’s hit song, “baby” to a FOX 25 photographer on Friday, paying homage to the boy she had a pretend wedding to at the Jimmy Fund last year.
Family and friends are asking people to " Like" her Facebook page and help spread the word about Avalanna's big wish to meet Justin.
To learn more about Avalanna's condition, visit www.cureatrt.org