Meet Kevin


Kevin, 6 years old, Texas, acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Kevin digs in the ground outside his house. He’s on the hunt for earthworms. He’s fascinated by their segmentation and their squishiness. He keeps them as pets or sometimes lets them go, watching them wiggle a new way back to their home in the dirt. If he can’t find a worm, he likes roly-poly bugs, too.

He’s always been like this—in love with science and nature, so full of life. 

It came as a shock to Kevin’s parents when this playful child lost all his energy.

In December 2011, Kevin started running a fever and had a sore throat. His skin also turned yellowish. His doctor thought he had anemia and prescribed vitamins. But Kevin started to feel worse rather than better. His family took him back to the doctor, where tests soon showed Kevin suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer.

After researching the high costs of curing Kevin’s leukemia, his parents’ hopes were dashed. But St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital restored their hope. Unlike any other hospital, St. Jude relies on funding from everyday people. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude.

In March 2012, Kevin began a chemotherapy plan that will last three years. 

“When we entered St Jude for the first time, Kevin was treated so well,” said his mother, Ana. “St. Jude has given Kevin his life back.” 

St. Jude has increased its survival rates for ALL from 4 percent before it opened in 1962 to 94 percent today – the world’s best. Kevin is responding well to treatment, and his cancer is in remission.

Kevin is a polite, sweet boy who likes to color and watch TV.

But most of all, he loves his worms.