Benefit planned for little girl fighting rare tumor

By Holly Brantley

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Jensen family learned less than two weeks ago their four year old daughter has quite a fight ahead of her.

But, they say with the faith of their family, dad's experience as a crime fighter, and a community sending plenty of prayers Abigail's inoperable brain tumor doesn't stand a chance.

"We're not going to cower in the corner because our baby is sick," said Maegan Jensen, Abigail's mother. "We're going to fight for her and make sure she gets what she needs to get better."

On August 6th, doctors would discover what they call an aggressive and malignant tumor, several inches in size, and located in an area of Abigail's brain where an operation would be too risky.

Tests were run after Maegan says she noticed Abigail stumbling in late July and a mother's intuition told her something wasn't right.

"The way she was walking almost like she couldn't see where the floor was in front of her," said Maegan.

Abigail has problems with coordination, swallowing, and balance. She'll need radiation and chemo treatments.

The family says they are thankful to be part of a promising clinical trial. Only about a dozen people across the country were chosen to take part in this treatment.

If you ask Abigail, she knows what she's at war with. "I have a monster in my head," said Abigail. When asked by mom what she's going to do with it, Abigail replies: "Kick it's butt."

The family says Abigail has amazing strength, a trait she might just get from her dad, Jon Jensen, a Cape Girardeau Police Officer.

"You can't help but feel helpless because you want to take away the pain and clumsiness," said Officer Jensen.

Officer Jensen will get to help his daughter fight her monster, he'll be the one to give her the chemo treatments because Maegan is three months pregnant.

He says he's thankful for the help of the Cape Girardeau Police Force.

"They've been amazing. Offering to cover shifts and anything we need," said Jensen.

Abigail has two sisters, Mary-Beth, who just turned 7, and Emily who is 2.

"We know there are a lot of prayers going up for us," said Maegan. "We can feel it."

The Cape Girardeau Police Department will be hosting a Benefit BBQ and Silent Auction on August 22nd at 11:00 am - 7:00 pm at 205 Caruthers, Cape Junior High.

Meal tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for child's plate (child 10 years old and under.)  This includes meat, 2 sides, dessert, and a drink.  Tickets are on sale now and will be sold on the day of the event.  To obtain tickets, please contact Lori or Sara at the Cape Girardeau Police Department during normal business hours.

There will be lots of activities for the whole family, including bounce houses, face painting, dunkin' booth, sure shot pool, snack shack and bake sale.  There will also be a silent auction.  You do not need to be present to win bids.

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