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Scott Hinshelwood: It's all about attitude

Scott Hinshelwood came to St. Jude in May 1990 when he learned that he had a tumor in his left ankle. Although the disease was serious, Hinshelwood approached treatment—and the people around him—with a positive attitude.

While undergoing therapy for his cancer, called osteosarcoma, Hinshelwood took the time to get to know staff members as well as other patients who were enduring the same kinds of treatments.

When he wasn’t going to appointments, he might very well be found speeding down one of the hospital’s corridors, engaged in friendly competition that passed the time and provided a little excitement. “I did enjoy a wheel chair race down one on the main hallways with another bone cancer patient named Beth,” he admits.

After a decade of treatment and checkups at St. Jude, Hinshelwood “graduated” from St. Jude care, an experience that evoked conflicting emotions.

“Graduating is bittersweet,” he explains. “You are very excited to know you have beaten your disease. The flip side is you leave all of the people you've spent so much time with over the last 10 years. I had enjoyed the close interaction with patients and staff.”

Today, Hinshelwood “gives back” to St. Jude by helping raise money through ALSAC, the hospital's fund-raising organization. He still enjoys meeting people, and he has the opportunity to give donors an inside look at the organization.

“Working for ALSAC I constantly get to speak to groups, donors and media people about what a wonderful place St. Jude is,” he says.

Hinshelwood also finds the time to reminisce with the staff members who saved his life so many years ago. “It’s a blast to go back and see all of my old nurses and people who took care of me,” he says. “We laugh about the old pranks we pulled on each other and the good times we shared.”

That positive attitude he displayed throughout his treatment continues today, as he spreads the word about St. Jude. Through adversity, he found friends, a fulfilling career and a spirit of gratitude. “It feels great,” he says, “to call myself a cancer survivor.”