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11 year old Olivia McIlravy was born with the spirit of a champion. Just seconds old, she was ready to take on the challenge of fighting for her life.
life doing the things she loves Nike Vapormax Slip On most, with a smile constantly on her face, you would never guess what she been through.
"Ten years, we go back once a year for a Nike Air Vapormax Sole
"I don know; I kind of just ignore it now actually," Olivia said.
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Born With Cancer
Olivia coach, Dennis Champoux, says that what makes her such a great gymnast; she not afraid of ever getting back on the bars.
"You know, we didn find out right away. We delivered her and it was a few hours later and they came into our room afterwards to tell us what they had found," mother Sandy McIlravy said.
check up. Everything has been good," Sandy said.
"She doesn even know. You can talk to her and she doesn even really understand what she went through and where she has come from. I mean everyday is a new day for her," Sandy said.
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But Champoux says to not let this smiling face fool you. Olivia is setting the bar high not only in the gym, but also in life.
SIOUX FALLS, SD When a parent is told their child has cancer, dreaming about the future turns off as survival mode kicks in. For the McIlravys that happened just as quickly as they became parents. But a decade later, they celebrating a milestone.
And now as this 11 year old lives her Nike Air Vapormax Utility Triple Black
And for ten years, KELOLAND News has been sharing her story. She now flipping and tumbling her way through life as an aspiring gymnast with the memory of her cancer far from her mind.
"When we train, we train to get the highest score possible. We have some kids that they don get a 9.2; they get an 8.8. And when you look back and say we have a kid who survived cancer, an 8.8 isn that bad," Champoux said.
Olivia was born with stage four Neuroblastoma. It an incredibly rare form of cancer; only 100 children have ever been born with it. She was just 36 hours old when she began chemotherapy.
"She is such a strong girl and when you have to battle something that she battled, to have the extra strength to keep fighting is just wonderful," Champoux said.
"There not much you can think about, just what the treatment is and what you an do right now for her," father Clayton McIlvary said.
Olivia became known for one thing that day, but it not something her parents ever expected or wanted: she was the first baby born at Sanford with cancer. Eleven years later, she being recognized for something else; she ten years cancer free.
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