Meet Keshaun

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Keshaun
12 years old
Tennessee
acute myeloid leukemia

Before he got sick, Keshaun could often be found playing basketball or baseball. But in November 2011, he started to slow down. When tests revealed Keshaun suffered from acute myeloid leukemia, his family turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

“We were familiar with St. Jude,” said his mother. “We’d even donated in the past.” 

But Keshaun’s family never expected their son would be a patient there. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since it opened 50 years ago.

At St. Jude, Keshaun underwent six rounds of chemotherapy. His treatment was overseen by a caring team of professionals, determined to make him well. He handled his treatment like he plays a game, with grace and determination.

Keshaun’s cancer is now in remission. He’s finished with treatment and visits St. Jude for checkups. Keshaun is back to doing what he loves most - playing ball. He loves watching basketball and his favorite players are Pau and Mar Gasol and Rudy Gay.