Three year old Avery has leukaemia. She has had two bone marrow transplants, but if she goes into remission after this transplant there will be nothing else they can do for her. Avery with her parents, Jen and David Beal.
Three year old Avery has leukaemia. She has had two bone marrow transplants, but if she goes into remission after this transplant there will be nothing else they can do for her. Avery with her parents, Jen and David Beal. Patrick Woods

How $10k cash knock has helped Coast family

A SIMPLE knock on the door has meant so much more to a Coast family battling through their daughter's gruelling cancer battle.

David and Jen Beal were visited earlier this month by the Today Show team, who came wielding a $10,000 block of cash to brighten their spirits.

It was a bright spot in a tough few years as their youngest child, daughter Avery, 4, battles acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

 

In early October she celebrated her first birthday with a clean bill of health, and if she can stay clear until next March, it will have been 12 months clear of cancer.

Jen's aunt set the plan in motion, tipping the Today Show off to her deserving relatives.

The rest was organised in secret, with TV crews and a group of friends gathering for the surprise early-morning visit to deliver the good news.

David said it was an amazing morning, and the money would help them buy a bigger car for their growing family, or take them on a much-needed break to Fraser Island.

 

Three year old Avery has leukaemia. She has had two bone marrow transplants, but if she goes into remission after this transplant there will be nothing else they can do for her. Avery with her parents, Jen and David Beal.
Three year old Avery has leukaemia. She has had two bone marrow transplants, but if she goes into remission after this transplant there will be nothing else they can do for her. Avery with her parents, Jen and David Beal. Patrick Woods

"It's (cancer battle) hard on everyone," he said.

"We've got almost used to it in some ways, just the uncertainty of it.

"We try to make the most of every day we have with her."

While it's good news at the moment, David said the family's anxiety levels ramped up every two months, as they nervously awaited the results of bone marrow testing.

Those tests are indicators of whether or not the cancer has returned to their young daughter.

 

David Beal is looking after five of his six kids, while his wife Jennifer is in Brisbane with their youngest daughter, Avery while she undergoes treatment for leukaemia. He is pictured with his kids, (front left to right) James, Sienna and Eleanor. At the back Thomas (left) and Daniel (right). 

Photo Kristy Muir / Sunshine Coast Daily
David Beal is looking after five of his six kids, while his wife Jennifer is in Brisbane with their youngest daughter, Avery while she undergoes treatment for leukaemia. He is pictured with his kids, (front left to right) James, Sienna and Eleanor. At the back Thomas (left) and Daniel (right). Photo Kristy Muir / Sunshine Coast Daily Kristy Muir

"The journey for us is still kind of ongoing," he said.

Jen and David work for Christian missionary organisation YWAM, which trains young people up for short-term missions around the globe.

They have six kids and he said it had been tough during times of testing and treatment when Jen had to travel with Avery back to Brisbane from their Mountain Creek home.

"We have our hands full," he said with a laugh.



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