In her short few years, Avery Beal has overcome more than most people do in a lifetime.
After being diagnosed with leukaemia as a 10-month-old, the little girl’s first two years were spent mostly bed-bound, hooked up to beeping machines and surrounded by strange doctors. Her mother Jen rode every bump and twist in the road with her, living in the Brisbane hospital, while dad David was more than 100 kilometres away, caring for Avery’s five siblings.
Her condition was so serious it necessitated a bone marrow transplant.
Yet after 97 days in remission, the phone call every parent of a cancer patient dreads came: the cancer was back.
By the time Avery was three, she had two bone marrow transplants under her belt.