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Patient of the Month - December 2013

December 2013 Patient of the Month

In memory of Azalee
6 years old


Azalee was found to have neuroblastoma in April 2012. She received treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from April 2012 until November 2013. Sadly, Azalee lost her battle with cancer on November 17, 2013.

Azalee's story:

Azalee loved being her mother’s little helper, whether it was assisting in the garden or trying to tell her little brother what to do. But in April 2012, Azalee became pale and listless. She tired easily and moaned in her sleep.

Azalee's doctor thought she had an ear infection. But two months later, as Azalee’s mom, Amanda, lifted her into the car, she felt a lump near Azalee’s shoulder.

By the next morning, the lump had grown bigger. Azalee was rushed to the emergency room. She spent five days in the local hospital while doctors searched for an answer.

Azalee’s family was soon referred to St. Jude, where doctors determined that Azalee suffered from neuroblastoma, a tumor that develops in the sympathetic nervous system.

“There was no doubt in my mind that St. Jude was the right place to go,” says Amanda. “Azalee’s doctors and nurses went above and beyond.”

Azalee’s treatment included chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumor, radiation therapy and an antibody treatment. Azalee lost her fight with cancer on November 17, 2013.

Throughout her battle, Azalee always had a smile on her face. Her family is hopeful that Azalee's story will continue to inspire others to support St. Jude, so that the hospital can continue its search for a cure for neuroblastoma and the many other cancers that strike children.

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