Ava Elizabeth Zebert was born on May 14, 2007. She is the daughter of Brian and Lorena Zebert and sister of Andrew (17) and Michael (11). Ava is currently a 10th Grade Student at Quakertown High School. Ava is a straight A student who is enrolled in many honors and AP classes. She was a member of the National Junior Honor Society, Key Club, and volunteers much of her time in the community. Like any teenager she enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
From an early age, Ava has always been active. She enjoyed playing sports like hockey and basketball with her brothers. At the age of 6, Ava signed up to play softball with Richland Area Softball Association (RASA). She was very athletic, a natural. Her love for the sport continued to grow as she got older. At age 9, she tried out for the 12U PA panthers and during tryouts, she took 3 softballs to the face and just kept moving. She did not make the team that year, but that did not stop her. At age 10, she started playing travel softball with the 12U PA Panthers and at the age of 12 joined the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Ava is a student of the game and always wanting to learn more so she can be the best she can be. This is how she tackles life as well. Everything she does, whether it is school or sports, she does with focus and determination.
On June 18th at a tournament here in Quakertown, Ava scraped her knee which quickly became infected. We took her to the hospital where they took blood and treated her with antibiotics. She had two additional blood tests over the next week which were abnormal. After speaking to her physician, we were advised to consult with a pediatric hematologist at St. Christopher’s in Philadelphia. The doctor called us to discuss the results. Ava’s blood work showed “blasts” which were indicative of leukemia. We were instructed to come back to St. Christopher’s the next day to talk with the oncology doctor and at that time, she was admitted for a bone marrow biopsy. The news we received that day was not good news and Ava just wanted to go home. We made the decision to transfer her to Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital where she was diagnosed on July 1st, 2022, with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Ava was hospitalized for the first month of chemotherapy treatment. The doctors said the goal was to eradicate the leukemia from her bone marrow and get Ava to “clinical remission” in the first 29 days. On August 5th – she made it. The results of the 29-day bone marrow biopsy came back from Johns Hopkins and the results indicated that Ava was in Clinical Remission. Ava continues to battle every day. Some days are better than others and there will be bumps in the road ahead. She still has another 2 and a half years of treatment to battle this cancer, but we have no doubts she will beat it.
Ava and our family cannot express how grateful we are for the continued prayers, love and support from our family, friends, teammates, the entire softball community, the entire Quakertown community, Quakertown High School (teachers, students, coaches, athletes), Lehigh Valley Phantoms, St. Isidore’s RC Church and complete strangers. We would specifically like to thank Eric Medlin who organized this tournament with the help of so many others in the community. Your efforts to help in any and every way are truly appreciated. Ava is strong, focused and determined to beat this. Having all of you behind her supporting her is a true blessing. #AVAS ARMY

~Brian Zebert

Tournament Director: Eric Medlin, 267-825-3555, allheartsoftball@gmail.com