Every donation helps Ava
Peter and Joelle Neville are frantically preparing for their Friday flight to New York, but thankfully they have the full support of the Coffs Coast community behind them.
Coffs Coast residents were introduced to the Neville's six-month-old daughter, Ava, last month and her uphill battle against tuberous sclerosis.
Suffering from up to eight seizures a day, without treatment Ava's mental development would continue to slow, with the chance of her one day suffering from autism.
No treatment is available in Australia, but there is hope of surgery taking place at the New York Epilepsy Centre.
This is where the community stepped in, offering donations of all sizes to help cover the cost which would be at least $130,000.
So far the 'Send-Ava-to-America' campaign has reached an estimated $120,000.
This is thanks to donations such as that from students at Bishop Druitt College, who raised $1116.
Organised by Year 12 Murray, students from kindergarten to Year 12 last week were asked to contribute to a money trail, which by the end of the day had reached close to 50 metres long.
With the estimated cost of sending Ava to America rising, donations are still being gratefully accepted. People can send donations or cheques, made payable to 'Rotary Club of Coffs City ? Ava for America' to PO Box 6302, Coffs Harbour 2450.