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Local family searching for support as woman battles Leukemia

Grande Prairie resident Kristen Beaudry and her family are searching for support as she battles a form of Leukemia. On November 29th, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Beaudry felt something was wrong when she started to experience extreme body aches and pains in November. She went to the emergency room in Grande Prairie and doctors gave her pain medication. Beaudry says doctors told her she was having a panic attack and sent her home, but when the pain only subsided for a few days, they returned to Edmonton and received a very different diagnosis.

“We started treatments right away and I’m responding really well to them. I am home in Grande Prairie as of now,” she says.

The family goes to Edmonton once every two or three weeks for her treatment and estimates that the treatment program will last about two years but it could change. She says the entire ordeal has turned her and her family’s life upside down.

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“It’s been extremely financially hard on our family. We have two children, while my husband has barely been able to work due to being my caregiver and I’m not working either. Both medication and treatment are costing us thousands of dollars a month and we’re just financially stuck right now,” she says.

Beaudry and her family would appreciate the support of the community to help get her through this ordeal.

“You just never expect something like this to happen to someone so healthy, especially yourself. Every day is a battle,” she says.

The family is asking for financial help through a gofundme, or meal vouchers, restaurant gift cards, gas gift cards, and grocery gift cards. For more information, or if you would like to donate, visit the gofundme page.

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