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17-year-old Avery Gerleman is ready to start her senior year in high school, showing no signs of her 87-day battle with death.
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Avery Gerleman in the fall of 2006 with her therapists.
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Michelle Stuart Hilgenfeld, one of Avery's doctors, signed "You inspire me Avery" on a get-well card.
Avery Gerleman was a top soccer player in her age group, traveling as far away as Arkansas for soccer tournaments before her illness.
8-year-old Avery Gerleman celebrates her first communion on April 20, 2002. Father Emil Kapaun was born on the same day in 1916.
Avery Gerleman and her prom date, Kord Sanders.
Avery Gerleman and her mother, Melissa, right, recall the day that Avery went to the hospital, not knowing that Avery would soon be in a battle for her life.
Many nights after leaving Avery at the hospital, Shawn Gerleman would stop and pray at St. Patrick Church.
Avery Gerleman was voted Prom Queen at this year's Maize South High School Jr. Prom.
Signatures of friends and well wishers signed a giant card for Avery while she was hospitalized.
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