Ava and Leah Clements are two 9-year-old sisters who have been called the most beautiful twins in the world by several media outlets.
Today, they’re using their Instagram popularity to help save their dad’s life. In 2017, one friend of the family encouraged them to open up an Instagram account for their twins.
Soon after their mother Jaqi posted some photos of the girls, thousands of followers were piling up. For them, until Kevin, their father got sick, these photos were nothing more than modeling.
Father Gets Sick, Daughters Use Instagram as a Call for Help
The father of three and head swim coach at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California began feeling a bit of a cold coming on. He never thought that this could be a serious thing.
The symptoms, unfortunately, worsened in the following weeks and he was soon diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer, T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This is when everything changed for the family.
The father is undergoing the second of 12 chemo rounds and he and his family are desperately and hopefully searching for a bone marrow transplant.
The girls turned to the 1.5 million followers on Instagram to find a suitable donor. Even though this is a long shot, it’s their best hope for a solution.
The twins who’re helping with bone marrow drives sponsored by DKMS, the largest bone marrow donor center in the world, are glad that they, together with the fans, can help in the search.
Ava said that if their father gets a transplant, the chances of the cancer going away are higher. For now, people have been very sweet and want to help their father. So, the more people get tested, the better.
Looking for Help, but Want to Help Others too
According to the family, even if they don’t find a match for Kevin, they still will help some of the other 12,000 in urgent need of a transplant.
The test helps find out if you’re a match- it’s only a quick swab and the procedure, if you’re a match, is practically painless.
Jaqi, the mother of three and Kevin’s wife claims that they can spread awareness and motivate people to become donors. She’s spending every night in the hospital with her husband.
She believes that Instagram is a beneficial platform and that it helps them get out there and help people. Kevin claims that at the end of the day, life moves forward and there’s an abundance of love out there.
He got so many encouraging emails, texts, and calls from people he hasn’t heard from since college.
Their family is dealing with this disease in a positive way.