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Aspen shows you her bright smile

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St. Jude patient Aspen smiling.

Childhood Cancer
Awareness Month


"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.

St. Jude patient Aspen smiling into the distance.

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 with her family.

Now, with a referral to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 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.

Aspen's father, Mark

St. Jude patient Aspen hugging her dad.

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


Even undergoing cancer treatment at St. Jude, Aspen remained bubbly and happy and playful. But her parents found that 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 with a red dress.

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

St. Jude patient Aspen standing and smiling.

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

Mark, Aspen's father


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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

St. Jude leads global efforts to understand, treat and defeat childhood cancer.

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