Meet Jorge

St. Jude patient  Jorge

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8 years old
Dominican Republic

Jorge was a very athletic boy. For several days, he complained about knee pain, but his parents didn’t think much of it since he was so active. 

“We thought the pain was from a bump, maybe from Jorge’s Tae Kwon Do,” said Jorge’s father. 

A week later, Jorge’s knee still bothered him, so his parents took him to the doctor. Erring on the side of caution, the doctor ordered an MRI. Within days, Jorge’s mom and dad learned he suffered from osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

Jorge’s family turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for his treatment and care. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since we opened more than 50 years ago. At St. Jude, Jorge’s treatment includes oral and intravenous chemotherapy. 

Unfortunately, to prevent the cancer from spreading, Jorge’s left leg was amputated from just above the knee. Jorge’s twin brother, Manuel, and their sister, Alexandra, help keep him occupied and busy. 

“At St. Jude, you know you’re in a place where they’re looking for children to be cured,” said Jorge’s father. “St. Jude is a miracle. There is hope here, and hope, I think, is the best word there is in the world.” 

Jorge’s mom and dad were born in Barcelona, Spain, the same city as the Gasol brothers, Marc and Pau. Since coming to the States, Jorge and Manuel have become huge fans of the Gasol brothers and their basketball teams.