Meet Hayes

Meet Hayes

As they did last year at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, FedEx is once again naming a plane in honor of a FedEx employee’s child who is also a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This year, a FedEx Cessna Caravan N981FE will be named for 8-year-old Hayes, who has battled Wilms tumor twice already in his young life. Hayes’ dad, Chris, has worked at FedEx for 13 years in the FedEx Tech Connect division. 

“This is recognition for everything Hayes has been through,” Amy said. “FedEx and St. Jude are a part of our family. They’re each a part of the Memphis community, and that they work hand in hand in to help children who are sick is amazing.”

Hayes’ connection to St. Jude started in January 2010, when tests revealed a tumor on his left kidney. Hayes underwent surgery to remove the tumor, as well as his left kidney. Once he recovered, Hayes underwent 13 rounds of chemotherapy, which he finished that June. But during a routine checkup at St. Jude in January 2011, scans revealed the cancer had returned, this time to Hayes’ liver. 

At St. Jude, Hayes’ family found support and comfort. “The moment you become a St. Jude family, you’re completely taken care of,” Amy said. “We really believe that without St. Jude, Hayes wouldn’t be here with us today.”

Chris and Amy say their FedEx family lifted them up in tough times. “My FedEx colleagues made it clear that I had their full support and that my only thoughts should be with my son,” remembered Chris. This unwavering support helped the family focus on Hayes and his treatment.   

Hayes completed treatment more than a year ago, and today, he is cancer free. He likes playing with his older brother and their twin younger brothers. 

“He had a strength and determination,” said Amy. “We laugh that those are the things that got him through cancer twice.”
Hayes is a hero to his parents, and to FedEx, too. By dedicating a plane to Hayes, FedEx continues to demonstrate its commitment to all the children of St. Jude.