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Patient of the Month - April 2011


April 2011 Patient of the Month

Zowie
7 years old

 

Diagnosis:

Zowie began receiving treatment for acute myeloid leukemia at St. Jude in 2009.

 

Zowie's story:

When Zowie was just 3 years old, she underwent treatment for acute myeloid leukemia at a hospital near her family's home. She received six months of chemotherapy and her cancer went into remission. But two years later, 5-year-old Zowie climbed into her parents' bed one night and said, "The cancer is back."

Zowie's parents took their little girl seriously. The family had recently moved to a different state, and the hospital in the family's new hometown was an affiliate of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. At the affiliate clinic, a bone marrow aspirate confirmed what Zowie already knew: Her cancer had returned.

 

At St. Jude:

Within days, Zowie and her mother arrived at St. Jude, and Zowie immediately began high-dose chemotherapy. To her family's delight, her cancer went into remission. But in October 2010, tests revealed that Zowie's cancer had returned. She underwent a bone marrow transplant, and was able to return home. However, Zowie's family recently received devastating news: Her cancer has returned, and she continues to receive treatment at St. Jude.

Zowie's family is grateful for everything St. Jude has provided during this difficult time. "St. Jude told us that, no matter what, Zowie was taken care of, and she would get whatever she needed," her mom said. "That St. Jude covers everything—housing and transportation and food—makes it a lot less stressful. It's a big relief."

Zowie is a sweet, quiet little girl. She is quick to smile, and she loves to race her nurse on her scooter.

April 2011


Editor’s note: We regret to inform you that Zowie passed away on August 4, 2011.


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