Leukemia / Lymphoma Patient Stories

Baby Oh Baby
Baby, Oh Baby - Camille Davis
The tiniest patients face the biggest odds when it comes to acute lymphoblastic leukemia. St. Jude clinicians and researchers work to change that scenario.
Grand Slam
Grand Slam
Children with Hodgkin lymphoma reach home plate.
St. Jude for LIFE
St. Jude for LIFE
In 1986, Eric Blumer’s life was spared. Now he puts it on the line every day. “I love being a police officer,” says Blumer, who began treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital when he was 5 years old. “Being an officer is my way of giving back.”
Things are looking up
Things are looking up for teens with ALL
St. Jude boosts cure rates for older teens with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Sole mates
Hillary Husband: Sole mates
They met for the first time when Hillary Husband was a toddler. She watched with rapt attention the heels that pounded the stage and was wooed by the sweet sound of jingle taps. Hillary didn’t know the teens who were jigging in those clogging shoes. But by the end of the rousing performance, she was certain she had met her sole mate.
Hitting out of the Rough
Hitting out of the Rough - Brennan Simkins
St. Jude helps budding golfer Brennan Simkins through his battle with a rare form of acute myeloid leukemia, which required four bone marrow transplants.
Pain management for 5-year-old Bo Carter is child’s play, thanks to the science of pharmacogenetics.
Prescribing Gets Personal
Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are mining the genetic code to better match patients and medications now and in the future.
Beyond the yellow brick road
Ellen Taylor: Beyond the yellow brick road
One gray, winter day a cyclone picked up tiny Ellen Taylor and plopped her into an alien land. How could she muster the wisdom, the courage and the heart to travel the difficult road ahead?
Tiny dancer
Sarah Marchbank: Tiny dancer
It was like a Nutcracker dream sequence, in which the Mouse King and his minions attack Clara. But this performance was real—a production fraught with uncertainty and hope. In the midst of chemotherapy and radiation, Sarah Marchbank knew exactly what she had to do: Dance on.
Shon Coleman
Still in the game
St. Jude helps football standout Shon Coleman tackle ALL.
Unwrapping the Gift - Perspective
Unwrapping the Gift - Laura Brown
As we enter the season of giving, one former St. Jude patient explains her attitude of gratitude. A perspective by Laura Hackelton Brown
Reach for the sky
Reach for the sky
In the summer of 2009, 17-year-old Ciera Blackburn embarked on the most demanding ascent of her life. Standing in the shadow of the mountain known as cancer, Ciera looked upward, focused on the summit and began to climb.