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"She's always been a happy kid," says her mother, Stephanie.

"She's bubbly. She's intelligent. She's cute. She's everything," adds her father, Mark.

Aspen was only a year and ten months when she was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma.

She underwent lengthy treatment in the Philippines, using a protocol developed and shared by St. Jude doctors and researchers. But six months later, the cancer was spreading again.

St. Jude patient Aspen smiling. a purple bow over her short hair.
St. Jude patient Aspen with her family.

St. Jude patient Aspen with her family


With a referral to St. Jude, her family travelled to the United States for the first time.

When they told us that everything will be free, it was like a thorn was taken away. At first it’s unbelievable. We didn’t expect anything like this. We were so grateful. 

— Mark, Aspen's dad


Families, like Aspen's, will never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.


Even while undergoing cancer treatment at St. Jude, Aspen remained bubbly, happy and playful. But her parents found they were changed.

"It changed my perspective about life. There’s so much kindness in the world. It’s inspiring in a way that it challenges us, the recipients of this kindness, to give back," says Aspen's mother.

St. Jude patient Aspen smiling and receiving kisses on her cheeks from her parents.

St. Jude patient Aspen with her parents

St. Jude patient Aspen receiving a hug from her father.

St. Jude patient Aspen with her father


Now the focus is on living each day to the fullest, with a sense of gratitude.

St. Jude saved us. It saved the family. St. Jude is a gift. 

— Mark, Aspen's dad


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