St. Jude patient, Abbi

At 5 months old, Vivian Abigail is fighting cancer

Abbi, as her parents call her, was just 5 months old when doctors discovered she was not only suffering from acute myeloid leukemia, but also central nervous system leukemia. It was one of the most frightening times of the Shaws’ lives. Her parents were uncertain of their daughter’s future. Would her father get to walk her down the aisle? Would her mother get to see her daughter one day become a mother?

Sadly, every year, 12,000 families in the United States are told their child has cancer … and each one asks themselves the same questions the Shaws asked themselves. Will my child survive? What does the future hold?

For Abbi’s parents, the future is brighter. Now 16 months old, Abbi is doing very well and the cancer has responded to treatment. But for so many others the future is still clouded.

You can help clear the shadows for many of these families. A gift to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will give a child the best possible chance in the battle for life. Your dollars pay for the lifesaving treatments our patients require—the chemotherapy, radiation and bone marrow transplants that literally mean the difference between life and death.

Listen to a message from Abbi's mom
Listen to a message from Abbi's dad


Last update: December 2003