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Family needs help after 1-year-old diagnosed with rare eye tumor

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) -

A Hopewell family needs help after they found out their one-year-old girl has a rare eye tumor.

Blair Devers' one-year-old girl, Ava, was diagnosed with a tumor in her right eye called Retinoblastoma, otherwise known as cancer behind the eye, according to the GoFundMe page created for her. They received the news on March 6 after a routine eye exam.

The doctors from Virginia Pediatric Ophthalmology Specialists called the University of Virginia Children's Hospital to get Ava under general anesthesia to get a better look at her eye. 

"After the exam, we learned that the tumor is medium sized and they are confident that with chemotherapy they can shrink the size and be able to laser it without having to take her eye or it effect her vision," according to the GoFundMe page.

Right now, the plan is for Ava to undergo chemotherapy once a month for six months, and during that time, she will be hospitalized for two days.

All of this comes after Ava, who has a twin, "was born at 32 weeks gestation and spent the first 12 days of her life in the sterile walls of a NICU."

The family says this is going to get expensive, and they are not sure what insurance is going to cover or not.

"Any money left over will be donated to UVA Children's Hospital in Ava's name. You do not have to donate, but please keep this sweet girl in your thoughts and pray that her little body responds well to chemo," the family said.

So far, the family has raised $1,610 out of $5,000. Click here to donate if you are interested.

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