"When I grow up ..."

Patients of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital share their dreams about what they want to be when they grow up.

A legacy of hope

Beth realized she was sick during her sophomore year in high school, but doctors either didn’t believe her or couldn’t determine what was wrong.  So Beth took matters into her own hands.  

Hope for Avery

Avery was diagnosed with a brain tumor days before her first birthday. Now 3, she has spent a large part of her childhood here at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

A reason to run

This December, 32 friends and family members of Aubrey will come to Memphis to help celebrate Aubrey’s end of treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They will bring their running shoes and their hearts, and they will participate in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon, Half Marathon and Grizzlies 5K as part of Team Aubrey.

From Memphis to Peoria

Twenty-four-year-old Marcus has been running most of his life—either from cancer or for it.

A healing place

On March 25, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Hope Garden, 25-year-old Jeremiah Godby of Illinois found it hard to hold back tears. The garden had been in the works for many months. He used what he knew as a St. Jude patient to guide the design.

Basketball, St. Jude get patient back on the court

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital may have been what saved Tommie’s life, but it was the dribbling, driving, shooting and scoring of basketball—the game that the 17-year-old loves—that has been a primary motivator in his recovery from his battle with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Meet St. Jude patient Talyn

Talyn was just 10 months old when her doctor noticed the white glare in her eyes. Soon after, Talyn was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma—cancerous tumors in both eyes. Talyn was sent to St. Jude.

Walking for Dylan

In November 2009, two days after his sixteenth birthday, Dylan stood before a crowd at Minnesota’s Mall of America. He encouraged the assembled group to put their hearts into the Give thanks. Walk. fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that they were about to start. He thanked them for their goodness. "All we have to do is walk," Dylan told the crowd. "It's a miracle we can do this for St. Jude."

Meet St. Jude patient Gloriuna

Like most children her age, Gloriuna loves to ride her bike and swim. She has her own garden at home, and she likes to play with her brother and cousins. But something sets Gloriuna apart from her friends: Gloriuna has fought cancer not once, but twice, in her young life.

St. Jude patient Ryan

Ryan's mother knew something was wrong when her normally energetic son seemed to be fatigued. Ryan would come home from school exhausted, needing a nap before homework and dinner. Along with the new lethargy, Valencia noticed two little knots on the right side of Ryan's neck. Doctors soon discovered the reason behind Ryan's loss of energy: Ryan suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

The gift of life

All Taylor had ever wanted to do was swim. She had been her parents’ golden child. The honors student had long, curly blonde hair and a healthy glow from constant swimming. She swam on three teams, including a competitive one. But in March 2008, Taylor suffered from headaches. One day at a swim meet, she lost her equilibrium and nearly fell off her start block. Tests soon revealed Taylor had a brain tumor.

Colin's story

In June 2009, on the day Colin was due to celebrate his second birthday with extended family, his little legs collapsed beneath him when his mother tried to wake him up from bed. Colin was rushed to the emergency room, where scans revealed the presence of a large tumor in the forth ventricle of his brain, an area that controls some of the body's most basic functions. It was an ependymoma, a malignant tumor that makes up approximately 6 percent of brain tumors in children.

St. Jude helps celebrate Elvis' 75th birthday

Elvis Presley's recent 75th anniversary birthday bash included a little St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the celebration. The diamond anniversary of the birth of the King of Rock 'N' Roll was celebrated on January 8, 2010, with a birthday cake created by former St. Jude patient Lori Laird and help cutting it from a current St. Jude patient.

Emma: Riding toward a cure

In May 2010, a delightful day at the zoo turned somber for 3-year-old Emma and her family. On their way home from the zoo, Emma started to have trouble breathing and passed out. Panicked, her dad called 911 and her mom administered CPR while they waited for the ambulance to arrive.

Catie’s birthday wish comes true thanks to St. Jude donors

In December 2008, a little girl named Catie, who was very sick, made a simple birthday wish, not realizing how difficult it would be to achieve. Her wish was to raise at least $1.4 million, enough to support the operating costs of the hospital for one day. Thus was launched a fundraising campaign that continued even after her death on January 25, 2009. Thanks to the generosity of donors everywhere, her birthday wish has come true.

St. Jude patient featured on ABC’s 'Nightline'

Daniel Biljanoski, a 13 year-old patient at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, will be featured on ABC News' Nightline on Friday night.

A Place of Hope

Hosted by Marlo Thomas, with special guest, Jennifer Garner, A Place of Hope is the newest one-hour special from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The show highlights the inspiring stories of six children battling cancer with the help of St. Jude.

Uncommon bond

Follow a story of loss, triumph, and possibility as the parents of three St. Jude patients take you on a journey through their families' battles against cancer.

Patient wins gold medal at 2008 Paralympics

Emily Hoskins, a former patient of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, earned a gold medal as part of the U.S. women’s wheelchair basketball team competing at the Paralympics in Beijing, China, this week.

Chili's server discusses his time as a St. Jude patient

Adam Walston is a Chili’s Grill & Bar server diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 1993 at age 8 and treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from 1993 - 1995.

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.

St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign ensures that families find help when they need it most

Even though CVS/pharmacy employee Patricia Barnes spends her days surrounded by medicine, none of it offered hope when her daughter, Susan, was found to have cancer. Then St. Jude Children's Research Hospital threw the desperate family a lifeline.

Mary Flowers: Fighting retinoblastoma

When Mary Flowers was four months old, her parents noticed that she wasn't focusing on her toys. They worried that their baby couldn't see. "Cancer never crossed my mind," her mom said.

Donors write to the patients of St. Jude

As part of a special March mailing, St. Jude donors were invited to send words of support to the patients of St. Jude.

St. Jude connection sparks friendship

Arnie Schwartzman thinks about his son every day. Jon would have been 32 years old this year had he not lost his battle with cancer in 1979. At a St. Jude event in 2002, Arnie crossed paths with cancer survivor Tranny Arnold, and a friendship emerged.