Learn more about Scout

St. Jude patient Scout

3 years old

In April 2010, Scout’s parents, Erick and Leslie, began to notice a change in her behavior. Scout started to limp, would wake up in the middle of the night crying and developed spots on her legs. Scout’s doctor thought she might suffer from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and ordered blood work and a bone scan to rule out anything else.

Scout’s family was devastated when the test results showed that she likely suffered from a type of cancer. A follow-up X-ray revealed a tumor on her right adrenal gland, identified as neuroblastoma, a common solid tumor of childhood.

Scout’s parents asked for a referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® the next day. “We knew St. Jude was a wonderful hospital,” said Leslie. “I wanted Scout to have the best chance possible.”

At St. Jude, Scout’s treatment included chemotherapy, radiation and participation in an antibody study. She now visits St. Jude for regular checkups. Scout is sweet little girl who loves baby dolls. She recently started ballet classes and loves to wear her tutu everywhere she goes.


September 2012