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Patient of the Month

September 2014

St. Jude Patient of the Month September 2014

2 years old

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Chloe has been fighting ependymoma since she was 11 months old.

Chloe's story:

In January 2013, Chloe’s parents moved with her and her twin sister, Hanna, to China for work. Soon afterward, they noticed that 11-month-old Chloe was tilting her head to the left.

Chloe’s parents took her to several doctors, who said not to be concerned. But deep down, Chloe’s mom believed there was a problem.

On a visit to the United States, the family took Chloe to yet another pediatrician. This time, tests revealed Chloe had a brain tumor called ependymoma.

Chloe had surgery to remove the tumor. While she was recovering, her mother saw an ad for St. Jude on television. “As soon as I saw St. Jude,” says Chloe’s mom, “I told my husband, that’s where we’re going.”

At St. Jude, Chloe underwent two additional brain surgeries to remove tumor growth. She then received chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

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.

“Here, we have a place to stay, we have a meal card, a way to get around,” says Chloe’s mom. “That means so much for us. Here, we have support.”

Now 2 years old, Chloe is finished with treatment and visits St. Jude for regular checkups.

“St. Jude is a warm place,” says Chloe’s mom. “Everyone cares about you. When you come here, you have hope.”

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