Meet St. Jude patient Kaelyn

7 years old
t-cell acute myeloid leukemia


In December 2009, Kaelyn developed knots on her neck. Soon after, she developed a frightening symptom—the veins in her face came to the surface.

At the hospital, tests revealed the presence of a mass in her abdomen. Further tests revealed that Kaelyn suffered from t-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a variant of the most common type of cancer in children.

"We were in shock," her father, Cal, said. "It was one of the hardest things I've had to hear." The little girl was quickly referred to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and her family arrived there that night.

At St. Jude, Kaelyn began chemotherapy on a two-and-a-half year treatment protocol. She takes daily oral chemotherapy as well as weekly intravenous treatments. She’s responded very well to treatment and her cancer is in remission.

"We're so grateful to the people who help support St. Jude," said Cal. "And we're grateful for the people at St. Jude who love and care for Kaelyn." Kaelyn is an outgoing and happy girl who likes to read and write stories.