Meet St. Jude patient Anna

St. Jude patient Anna

7 years old
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Anna was just a year old when doctors found she suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer. She received chemotherapy at a local hospital, and finished treatment in May 2007.

But two years later, Anna's family was devastated to learn that the cancer had returned. A family member was familiar with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and encouraged Anna's parents, Ann Marie and Dennis, to ask their doctor for a referral.

As soon as they arrived at St. Jude, Ann Marie and Dennis felt comforted. "St. Jude is amazing," Ann Marie said. "The nurses and doctors are wonderful. Everyone is here to help you."

Anna's treatment at St. Jude, which is expected to take two-and-a-half years, includes intravenous and oral chemotherapies.

Anna has responded well to treatment. She looks forward to coming to the hospital, where she's made many friends. "There are no words to explain this place," said Ann Marie. "St. Jude is filled with hope, love and support." Anna participates in the St. Jude school program and likes to spell. She also likes to color and sing karaoke.