Avery's cancer battle began in August 2018. Avery had a sore throat, followed by weight loss, fatigue and a fever
Her mother Stacy took Avery to several doctors who thought it was just a virus.
Eventually Avery was referred to Lurie Children’s at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital where she was diagnosed with leukemia.
Instead of starting third grade with her classmates at Walnut Trails Elementary School, Avery started receiving chemotherapy treatments and is seeing a tutor to keep up with her studies.
Avery has two more treatments to go.
The Shorewood Police Department participated has participated No-Shave November in the past.
“This is the second year we’ve grown out our beards during the month of November, and we wanted to do something to give back," Barten said in the news release.
"One of our officers is a family friend of Avery’s, and when he suggested we give the $720 donation to Avery, it was a no-brainer for us."
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According to no-shave.org, the goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness about cancer prevention by letting hair, which many cancer patients lose, too, too.
People donate the money ordinarily spent on grooming products and services toward cancer research or, in the case of the Shorewood Police Department, to benefit someone in the community who is fighting cancer.
Pictured at "Shop with a Cop" Danielle Malone and John Goldwater, with Avery Gladkowski and her brother, Gabe Gladkowski