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10 years old
Coraliz has always been an outgoing, independent girl. She likes sports, especially skating. But this past February, her left leg bothered her and she had trouble walking to school. A CT scan revealed Coraliz suffered from osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Her family was devastated by the news. “It was like our world collapsed,” said her father.
Coraliz’s doctor referred the family to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. At St. Jude, Coraliz received three rounds of chemotherapy and underwent surgery to remove the affected portion of bone. She is continuing chemotherapy and will soon start physical therapy.
Her family is grateful for everything St. Jude has provided for Coraliz. “We have hope that everything is going to be okay,” her father said. Coraliz likes to draw and go to school. When she grows up, she wants to work at St. Jude and be an example to children like her.