Putting the “treat” in treatment

Putting the “treat” in treatment

Avery Williams of Stoney Creek battled a rare form of cancer called retinoblastoma when she was just three months old. Nearly two years after being in remission, she found herself at McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH) where she was diagnosed with significant hearing loss that resulted from the cancer.

“We thought we were in the clear,” says Avery’s mother, Ericka. “It was difficult to receive that news, but we were grateful she was alive. Our fear now was that the challenges associated with hearing impairment would impede her social development and cause her to fall behind her peers in school.”

Avery began her ongoing care with the Audiology Department of MCH when she was fitted with her first hearing aid at the former Chedoke campus. Her hearing was monitored regularly and she frequently required new listening devices as she grew. The Audiology Department will continue to provide care for the rest of Avery’s life with regular testing and servicing of hearing aids.

“Thanks to the care I’ve received, I’ve been able to pursue my love of music as a hobby and a possible career.”

“The audiology team has been a godsend for our family,” says Ericka. “They’ve been such a big part of our lives and we’re grateful for their knowledge and compassion.”

To help show her gratitude, Avery sang at the official opening of Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre in 2015.

“Thanks to the care I’ve received, I’ve been able to pursue my love of music as a hobby and a possible career,” says Avery. “I’m in my third year at college studying jazz with a focus on voice.”

Ericka is forever grateful to donors who support McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation: “You save and transform the lives of our most precious resource – our children. It’s as simple as that.”

Avery has been selected to represent McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation as this year’s Patient Ambassador for the 15th annual DQ Miracle Treat Day on August 10.


On Miracle Treat Day, net proceeds from every Blizzard® Treat sold at participating Dairy Queen® locations in Hamilton, Brantford, Niagara and St. Catharines will be donated to McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation, a proud member hospital of Children’s Miracle Network.

Purchase a Blizzard® Treat on August 10 and help support patients like Avery!