'American Idol' Alum Avalon Young To Undergo Brain Cancer Surgery, Singer Asking For Help To Pay For Treatment

Apr. 27 2021, Published 1:22 p.m. ET

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American Idol alum Avalon Young, 26, was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and is seeking help through crowdfunding for her medical expenses.

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Via the songstress' GoFundMe campaign, which will assist with costs associated with her second surgery in the treatment process, Young’s family explained her diagnosis.

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“Our Doctor is meeting with Tumor Board at UCSD Friday to confirm the best surgical method for the upcoming procedure. He has suggested Laser Surgery to remove more of the remaining tumor, located in two different sections of her brain," the statement read. "Radiation and Chemo Therapy will follow. We are confident our Medical Team will continue to perform miracles and Avalon will recovery quickly.”

The fundraiser’s page revealed that Young previously underwent a 16-hour surgery in February to remove a peach-sized tumor. 

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The post continued to explain the importance of donating if possible. "Avalon has minimal insurance, is an independent artist, and self-supporting singer/ songwriter," the page's description reads. "We hope to help her with some of the financial burden as a result of these medical expenses. No amount is too little."

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The former American Idol contestant recently opened up about her diagnosis via Instagram in a three-part post, with one revealing the scan of her brain. "Got some of the worst news ever after thinking i was fully recovering after this tumor surgery," she wrote in an April 3 post. "I've got cancer in my brain and i gotta boss up and take care of it. a second surgery, and then chemotherapy and radiation.

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"Unreal to receive this news at the age of 26," she added. "Everything is gonna be okay, the journey is gonna be wild, but i'm ready for it."

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Despite the heartbreaking news, the songstress seems to be in good spirits, revealing a new release is in the works. “Avalon has also been working in the studio and made the announcement today she is releasing the single from her new project on April 30th,” the GoFundMe read.

In a second post showing off a newly shaven head and mounds of hair on the floor beneath the American Idol alum, she thanked everyone for their words of encouragement. "I wish there were enough words to thank everyone who has given me love and support," she said. "I can barely stay awake, but i can’t wait to go back to LA and give you guys some new music. i love u. ✨"

The singer’s second brain surgery is set for May 27.


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