Meet our patients

Ethan, age 5

In May 2012, Ethan’s parents became concerned when he stopped eating and no longer wanted to play. Their doctor thought Ethan might be developing allergies or migraines. But Ethan’s mom couldn’t shake the feeling that something more was going on. On a return trip to the doctor, a CT scan revealed a brain tumor, identified as a pineoblastoma. Ethan’s doctor referred him to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. At St. Jude, Ethan underwent surgery to remove the tumor, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Ethan is done with treatment and visits St. Jude for regular checkups.

Ian, age 6

Ian was always a happy, playful child. But then he started to stumble when he walked. When this continued, his mom took him to the doctor, where tests revealed Ian suffered from a rare brain tumor called medulloblastoma. At St. Jude, Ian’s treatment included surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. “St. Jude accepts children from all over the world,” said Ian’s mom. “We haven’t paid a penny, but we still receive the best treatment anyone could give us.” Ian is now finished with treatment. He’s back home with his family, as playful as ever.

Reese, age 2
South Dakota

Reese is an active toddler who loves to dance. But from the time she was 6 months old, Reese was plagued by frequent fevers. In early 2013, she was hospitalized for dehydration. Several months later, Reese had a seizure. An MRI soon revealed she suffered from a brain tumor called an ependymoma. Reese underwent surgery to remove the tumor. Once she recovered, Reese’s family obtained a referral to St. Jude, where her treatment included chemotherapy and proton radiation therapy. Reese’s personality is big. “She’s happy and outgoing,” said her mom. “God has big plans for her.”

Sydney, age 2

When little Sydney’s family learned she suffered from medulloblastoma, they travelled to St. Jude for her treatment and care. Sydney’s family arrived in July 2013. Her treatment has included chemotherapy. When Sydney’s parents learned they’d never receive a bill from St. Jude, they were elated. “It was a huge weight lifted off of us,” said her mother. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food -- because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Sydney is a happy little girl who loves animals.