Enterprise welcomes home girl with cancer

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) There was a homecoming in Enterprise. It wasn’t for a football game, so no bands.

It was a community eager to welcome back a brave little girl.

Around this time last year, the parents of 4-year-old Avalynn James learned their daughter had stage 4 neuroblastoma.

Now, after two stem cell transplants, four rounds of chemotherapy, and 12 rounds of radiation

“We found out a little over a month ago that her cancer has returned so we're basically starting all over again,” says Avalynn’s mother Kristen Mahan.

There is hope that this next round will make the difference.

Before starting a new trial treatment, Avalynn came back to Enterprise to cure her homesickness.

Waiting at Johnnie Henderson Park and around Boll Weevil Circle were dozens of supporters with smiles, signs, words of encouragement and prayers.

“People have been so sweet and generous to stand and wait and have balloons and signs made for her and just pouring out their love for her and letting her know how special she is because she is a fighter,” says relative Amber Jackson.

Avalynn smiled and waved back to those welcoming her home.

“That's what we needed she's been really down and out for the past couple of months homesick and so it really did help her,” says Mahan.

During the tour, she stopped by city hall where the mayor gave her a gift from the city of Enterprise and a promise.

“Anytime or anything that we can do as far as helping you to move along the way you tell your mom and dad to feel free to call upon Mr. Cooper and I will do what I can,” says Enterprise’s mayor William Cooper.

Avalynn will be home for three weeks. After that, she'll head back to Birmingham to continue treatment.