‘American Idol’ Former Finalist Speaks Out on Brain Cancer Diagnosis

by Evan Reier
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Former American Idol finalist Avalon Young is keeping her eyes forward and chin up high as she battles brain cancer. But the singer is also realistic about what needs to happen as she faces it.

According to TMZ, Young has recently opened up on her health issues. Over Thanksgiving week of 2020, Young was feeling seriously unwell. Unfortunately, this led to her and doctors discovering a major brain tumor. However, a positive is that they were able to catch it before it became too late.

Young has been singing most of her life. She got her break when she went far into Season 15 of American Idol. The now-26-year-old made it to the Top 8 of American Idol, but unfortunately lost out in a double elimination.

In February, the singer underwent a 16-hour operation to get it removed. While the operation was primarily successful, Young then suffered a windfall. There was still some of the tumor left in her brain, and she will need to have another surgery to get it removed.

She announced the news on Instagram.

Young writes in the post:

“got some of the worst news ever after thinking i was fully recovering after this tumor surgery
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.
i felt like it was only fair to let you guys know because you’ve supported me up until this point.
unreal to receive this news at the age of 26. everything is gonna be okay, the journey is gonna be wild, but i’m ready for it. love you guys a ton. f*ck cancer.”

American Idol Contestant Avalon Young Starts GoFundMe

Aside from having to combat an awful disease, Young is also facing another problem. The cost of her medical bills is overwhelming, and so the singer is asking for help.

Kristen Cutright Young has started a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to assist the former American Idol star with the cost. In addition to the surgery itself, Young will have to go through and pay for weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

At the time of writing, the campaign has raised over $43,000. The goal is $100,000 and 500+ people have donated.

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