DIAGNOSED at just 12 years of age on 20 June this year with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, Mindy Beer-Stewart has had over 20 admissions to John Hunter Children’s Hospital.
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She has spent countless days in the children’s oncology day unit receiving blood platelet transfusions, chemotherapy, and a barrage of other tests.
The impact Mindy’s diagnosis has had on her and her family is huge.
Her mother spends hours beside her hospital bed whilst juggling her other children who have weekly retreats to their grandparents’ home half an hour away to arrange school trips twice a day.
Mindy’s father is working long hours to help sustain the financial burden of her medical bills, ongoing prescriptions, and travel costs.
Her social life is almost non-existent due to her immune system being compromised.
Ms Lauren Boyle who works at Lakeside Leisure Centre teaching Mindy’s siblings saw the strain it was taking on the family and decided to organise a fundraising day.
It will be held on Sunday, 8 December from 10am to 2pm at the swim centre to help ease the financial burden on the family.
Activities on the day will include head shaving, coloured hairspray, sausage sizzle, rock painting, face painting, and an appearance by Norbet the Inflatable Dragon.
Mindy’s Mum, Ms Cassandra Beer-Stewart, told News Of The Area, “The doctors, nurses and support staff are wonderful, their praise can’t be sung loud enough.”
“Mindy has been out of her public school since diagnosis but has been able to continue her schooling and preparing for high school through the Ronald McDonald house school program.”
“We are extremely honoured and grateful for the support from Lauren and all the staff of Lakeside Leisure Centre to host the event on our behalf.”
“The dedication and kindness shown to us is invaluable, thank you very much.
“Also a huge thank you to the community for all your support.”
Mindy has another couple of years of treatment to go before she will be completely in remission and cancer free.
She is one very strong young lady.
By Julie MCKIMM