"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.
With a referral to St. Jude, her family travelled to the United States for the first time.
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.
Now the focus is on living each day to the fullest, with a sense of gratitude.
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