Avery’s Carnival honors life, spirit of young dancer

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BRICK TOWNSHIP — Avery’s Carnival provided an afternoon of fun and games on Saturday and brought hundreds of community members together to honor the life and memory of a young dancer taken far too soon.

The 10th annual carnival and fundraising event, hosted by the Dance to Inspire Foundation, was held on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Standing Ovation School of Dance on Mantoloking Road.

“There are so many emotions for today,” said Stacy DiStefano, mother of Avery Judith, in whose honor the event is held.

“It is always bittersweet driving here because I am so happy that her memory is honored and that she is still so loved in the community, but at the same time it still gets you choked up to relive all that. We miss her.”

In April 2008, Avery Judith Lubrecht was diagnosed with medulla blastoma, a rare form of pediatric brain cancer. She died a few months later in August at just four years old.

Avery’s Carnival was founded not long after in her honor and for the past 10 years has raised funds to help others diagnosed with cancer as well as in remembrance of Avery’s life and spirit.

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