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Meet some of our patients you are helping in the fight against childhood cancer

Patient Chloe Chloe
2 years old
Shortly after Chloe’s family moved from Florida to China for work, they learned she suffered from a rare brain tumor called ependymoma. Her family turned to St. Jude, where Chloe’s treatment included surgery to remove the tumor, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. “St. Jude is a warm place,” said Chloe’s mom. “Everyone cares about you. When you come here, you have hope.” Chloe recently finished treatment and her family has moved back to Florida, in order to be closer to St. Jude, where Chloe will return for regular checkups. At home, Chloe is thriving. She and her twin sister, Hanna, chatter together in English, Chinese and Spanish. The girls love to play together and recently started swim lessons.
Patient Jorge Jorge
9 years old
At St. Jude, Jorge’s treatment for osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, includes oral and intravenous chemotherapies. To prevent the cancer from spreading, Jorge’s left leg from just above the knee had to be amputated. Jorge has been outfitted with a prosthetic, and he has approached learning to walk again with the same enthusiasm he has for everything else. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should have to worry about it helping their child live. This felt like a godsend for Jorge’s family. “It has been a chain of blessings and angels aligned at a perfect time and place,” said Jorge’s mother. Before his diagnosis, Jorge practiced Taekwondo competitively and played soccer. He doesn’t see any reason why he can’t still do those things.

Patient Drew Drew
3 years old
When Drew’s family learned he suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer, they were devastated. Drew’s family turned to St. Jude, where he began chemotherapy on a three-year treatment plan. “Knowing that we will never receive a bill from St. Jude, my husband and I can talk about what to do for Drew versus how we’re going to pay for treatment,” said Drew’s mom. “It changes your whole mindset.” Drew is responding well to treatment. When he’s at the hospital, Drew likes to visit the fish tanks and play music on the juke box, which he affectionately calls ‘the juice box.’

Patient Patience Patience
9 years old
Patience’s cold had lasted three weeks, but it didn’t alarm her family until one day her grandmother noticed a swollen lymph node on the little girl’s cheek the size of a popcorn kernel. A biopsy of the lymph node revealed nothing, so doctors tried treating the symptom, prescribing an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory. But the growth stayed. In August 2013, Patience underwent a second biopsy, which revealed she suffered from Hodgkin lymphoma. Soon, Patience was at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, where she underwent chemotherapy. Now done with treatment, Patience has big dreams for her future. She is a natural performer who enjoys reading and participating in school spelling bees.