Ay'Den is a gentle kid with a ready smile – "a sweetheart," his mother would say – who loves to color, run around with the dogs and play video games.
One day, seven-year-old Ay’Den fell at school and everything changed.
He hadn't been feeling well that morning but went to school anyway. He collapsed and his mother was called to pick him up.
Ay'Den's mom took him to their local doctor and blood tests revealed that his white blood cell count was very high.
That’s when Ay’Den and his mom heard the news: Ay’Den was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.
Ay’Den was quickly referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he began receiving chemotherapy to try to save his life.
Families, like Ay'Den's, will never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
Sharvae, Ay'Den's mom, was surprised to find out how much St. Jude does for families.
Seeing her child through cancer during a pandemic was more than difficult, but St. Jude gave her renewed hope.
Ay’Den has now successfully finished cancer treatment.