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St. Jude patient Aspen smiling while holding ha framed photo of herself when she was in treatment at St. Jude

St. Jude patient Aspen

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She's always been a happy kid. She's bubbly. She's intelligent. She's cute. She's everything.

- Aspen's father

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.
red stars artwork by St. Jude patient Ty
St. Jude patient Aspen smiles and wears a pink dress over a white shirt.
St. Jude patient Aspen with her family pose for a portrait.

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

A circle icon with a slash over a dollar sign, which indicates families never receive a bill.

Families, like Aspen's, will never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.


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.

- Aspen's mom

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

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

St. Jude patient Aspen
with her parents

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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.

-  Aspen's dad


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St. Jude patient Aspen smiling and wearing a flower-patterned headband and dress, smiling.
red stars artwork by St. Jude patient Ty

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