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Patient of the Month - April 2012


April 2012 Patient of the Month

Emma Grace
5 years old


Diagnosis:

Emma Grace was found to suffer from b-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in December 2009.


Emma Grace's story:

Shortly after Emma Grace's third birthday, her parents noticed odd bruising all across her little body. They took her to the doctor, who ordered blood work. When the test results came back abnormal, Emma Grace underwent a bone marrow biopsy.

The results were heartbreaking: Emma Grace suffered from b-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Emma Grace’s family was quickly referred to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and they arrived here that very same night.

"St. Jude was right there to show us the way through this horrifying storm," said Emma Grace's mom.


At St. Jude:

At St. Jude, Emma Grace began a two-and-a-half-year chemotherapy protocol. Her cancer quickly went into remission, where it remains today. She is able to receive much of her treatment at a St. Jude affiliate near her family's home.

Emma Grace's family is grateful for everything St. Jude provides.

"Knowing that Emma Grace is being treated at St. Jude at no cost to us provides us with a sense of calm in a sea of uncertainty," said her mom. "We're so grateful to the hospital and to the people who help support St. Jude."

Now 5-years-old, Emma Grace is a sweet-natured, happy girl. She likes to play with her dolls and dance. She also likes to paint birdhouses that she sells to help raise money for St. Jude.

"St. Jude has provided us with the gift of knowing that our child will likely survive this dreadful disease,” said her mom.

Emma Grace is scheduled to finish treatment this summer. It's a day her family eagerly awaits.

 

April 2012


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