Aamir started walking when he was 10 months old. But around his first birthday, Aamir’s parents, Ashley and Lamar, worried something was wrong when he started to cry constantly and no longer wanted to walk. When tests revealed Aamir had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type of blood cancer, his family turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he is undergoing chemotherapy for two-and-a-half years.
Parents know their baby's cry and they can tell when something is wrong. For Aamir's parents, those initial cries led to an eventual leukemia diagnosis. The doctors at their local hospital referred Aamir to
St. Jude where he is receiving treatment.
Aamir, shown here with a St. Jude nurse, loves to dance.
Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90% , and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
Aamir with his dad, Lamar.
Aamir’s cancer is in remission, and he’s responding well to treatment. “He’s fun and energetic,” said Ashley. “He loves to dance, no matter the music.” Aamir also likes to look at books and play with balls. “The treatment he’s receiving here he wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else,” Ashley said. “St. Jude is amazing.”
The treatment he’s receiving here he wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else. St. Jude is amazing.
Ashley, Aamir's mom
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