First responders uniting to help family of girl with rare cancer

SAUGATUCK, Mich. — A 7-year-old girl from Saugatuck Township with a rare incurable brain tumor is in the hospital.

The outcome for kids like Avery June, who has diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, isn’t good.

FOX 17 has covered Avery’s story before, during much happier times. Now she’s at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital.

Her fight hits home with the Saugatuck Township Fire Department, where her dad, Mike Betts, is a captain.

“We’ve had a lot of people call us, we’re fielding phone calls, people asking ‘what can they do?’ Right now, we’re in a holding pattern, waiting to see when and if she wakes up, how she’s going to be,” Saugatuck Township Fire Chief Greg Janik said.

Departments from across the state have reached out, asking what they can do to help. Right now, there’s no easy answer. Avery has a rare inoperable and incurable brain tumor, known as DIPG.

It usually proves fatal.

A prayer page has started for Avery and her family. The Saugatuck Township Fire Department is also collecting donations on their behalf.

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  • Erin Wilkinson

    Thank you for helping to raise awareness for DIPG and support for the Betts Family! People can send donations to the STFD or donate online at BettsStrong.com

    They are a super special family. As a firefighter and paramedic Mike and Melissa serve our community in so many ways! They are the kind if people who run to help in an emergency, and not at all the kind of people who would ask for help. It is just not who they are, but between lost wages and medical bills, we know they could use support. As a community we come together to lift each other up and that’s what we will continue to do! They deserve every prayer, well wish, donation, and bit of support we can lend them.

    Thanks again for helping to shine a light on Avery and her family. She’s giving them a good dose of #BettsStrong right now and nobody is giving up!

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