For Jamie, it was like getting her youngest daughter back.
Jamie said, “For us, it’s a blessing, it’s a privilege, it’s an honor to be treated at such an amazing hospital. You get truly world-class care.”
And this world-class care comes at no out-of-pocket cost to Abi's family, because families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
By summer 2017, Abi, still bald from chemotherapy, was jumping off rocks into a lake on family vacation.
In the beginning of this journey, Jamie had explained cancer to Abi like this: "It’s when certain cells in your body decide to start growing wrong, and they crowd out the good cells, and they try to take over."
Abi replied, “So cancer cells are like bullies.”
The fact is, not every bully backs down the first time you stand up to it.
In October 2017, a year after diagnosis, Abi started having headaches again. Scans at St. Jude showed her cancer was back. Not yet 10 years old, Abi has had more than 150 doses of chemotherapy in her life. And she’s not done yet. She still has to stand up to cancer.
Abi is tough, but so is what she’s up against. Treatments invented 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. Unfortunately, survival rates for Ewing sarcoma lag behind. But St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.