Updated: 05/30/2014 7:21 AM
Created: 05/30/2014 6:50 AM KSTP.com
By: Steve Patterson
Aubrey King is a black belt in karate, a soccer player, an ice-skater and a downhill skier. Oh, and she also happens to be a brain cancer survivor.
Every two weeks, including right after our interview in the video above, Aubrey slips away for chemotherapy treatments to fight the brain tumor she's been living with since the age of three. And that's not the only way she fights cancer.
Last week, Aubrey and her closest seventh grade friends helped organize fundraising events at Chaska Middle School East in support of Brain Tumor Awareness Month. From running laps around the school for cash to partnering with Kona Ice for a share of proceeds, she and her friends realized they could be the ones to start a movement. That left the school staff amazed.
The school’s Administrative Dean, Beth Holm, summed it up saying, "There's nothing we want more for our kids to learn, you know all those academic skills obviously, but for them to learn empathy and the ability to help our community; it's just such a fantastic thing for kids to get to do.”
Aubrey hopes Brain Tumor Awareness Month helps undo a long-held misconception about her condition saying, “You can’t treat it or cure it. You just pretty much don't have any chance of living. That's totally wrong."