Patient Stories

St. Jude patients tell their stories in their own words.

A miracle for Lauren

A miracle for Lauren

DJ's Story

When he was 5 years old, DJ developed a fever that none of the antibiotics prescribed by his pediatrician could clear. Then, when he began to experience pain in his legs inhibiting his ability to walk, his mother rushed him to a local children's hospital where tests revealed he was suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Dwight Tosh: Zest for Life

Dwight Tosh was 13 years old when he walked through the doors of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the spring of 1962. Suffering from Hodgkin lymphoma, Tosh was sent to the newly opened hospital, hoping for a miracle.

Jessica's Story

In 1997, Jessica became a patient at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to receive treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer.

Joel's Story

In 1987, doctors discovered that 7-year-old Joel had a tumor in his right shoulder. The tumor, called osteosarcoma, had caused his shoulder to swell and had made tasks such as buckling a seat belt difficult.

Lindsey's story

Lindsey came to St. Jude for treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer, when she was 10 years old. The diagnosis frightened Lindsey. She thought of all the things she would never get to do in life.

Portraits of Hope

St. Jude survivors and patients share their stories of battling cancer, their successes and their dreams.