Louisville child resilient after surgeries with help from Crusade


by Melissa Swan


Posted on December 31, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 6:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Each year we introduce viewers to children being helped by the donations to the WHAS Crusade for Children.

One of the children, Audrey Bennett, has made such remarkable progress during the year that her resilience is something to be admired.

When the public first met Bennett, she was a 6-month-old who had endured 6 surgeries, seven rounds of chemotherapy, and 9 blood transfusions.

“They did a biopsy on her belly. They took 5 of the tumors out of her belly. When they ran the tests, it was neuroblastoma cancer,” Bennett’s mom LaDonya said.

“Ever since then, it’s just been kind of been a real rollercoaster ride with this family. They’ve just been through so much with moving and caring for Audrey and back and forth to the hospital,” Nancy Booth of Family Enrichment Center said.

Booth is helping the Bennett’s through the Family Enrichment Center’s Parents as Teachers Program.

It’s a program that was expanded to include children with special needs thanks to funding from the Crusade for Children.

“Without funding from the Crusade for Children, we would not have the funds to work with special needs children, Booth added.

Thanks in part to that funding and with Nancy’s help, the Bennett family is celebrating the continued growth and improvement of sisters Abby and Audrey.

“Miss Audrey is now seven months cancer free,” LaDonya said.

This walk in the park was made possible by the combined efforts of skilled doctors, a loving family and the right help and the right time thanks to the generosity of the Crusade.

LaDonya says that Audrey started walking on her own Thanksgiving weekend.

She no longer has a feeding tube and is now able to eat baby food and small amounts of table food.