Wish comes true for girl with terminal cancer

Ava asked to ride bus, go to school

INDIANAPOLIS - Decatur Township schools helped make a little girl’s wish come true Tuesday afternoon.

Ava Parker, 2, has terminal cancer, but her parents said the one thing she wanted more than anything was to ride a school bus and go to school.

Ava's wish was granted when she rode the bus to Liberty Early Elementary School for a half-day of preschool.

"She asked me if she could go on the school bus, she wants to ride on the school bus with the other kids and play with the kids and go to school," Kacy Parker said.

Ava really wanted to be a "big girl" for a day. She was able to play with her own school supplies and decorate however she wanted during her day at school.

"It's a dream come true. I know things are going to get bad, but you know each day is a blessing and as long as she's smiling we're smiling," Dustin Parker said.

Ava's parents watched on knowing darker days are ahead. Behind Ava’s curious eyes is a cancerous tumor.

Doctors discovered the tumor a year ago. They told the family Monday that their days with their daughter are likely numbered to two or three months.

"When we heard about Monday, we knew that she had to go to school. That she's a big girl now and she needs to go to school and be a big girl so this means the world to us," Kacy Parker said.

Ava’s parents said they will now focus on doing as many fun things together as they can.

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