Within days, the Kentucky family found themselves in Memphis, Tenn., to enroll Kadie in a research trial at St. Jude. She began receiving conformal radiation, a therapy that targeted her tumor while avoiding the healthy surrounding tissue.
Kadie received one treatment a day for about six and a half weeks. She then returned to St. Jude several times a year for follow-up visits. Before long, she started to return to the activities she loved — including horseback riding, shopping and hanging out with her friends.
These days, those friends often help Kadie give back to St. Jude by collecting toys and raising donations for the hospital’s young patients.
“They ended up raising almost $10,000 for St. Jude and a big, white trailer full of brand new toys for the St. Jude kids,” her mother said.