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St. Jude patient Ay'Den wearing a blue shirt, smiling outside.

Ay'Den is a sweetheart

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Ay'Den is a gentle kid with a ready smile – "a sweetheart", as his mother would say – who loves to color and run around with the dogs and play video games.

St. Jude patient Ay'Den, smiling outside with wide open arms.

One day, seven year old Ay’Den fell at school and everything changed.

He wasn’t feeling well that morning but went on to school anyway. He collapsed and his mother was promptly called to come pick him up.

St. Jude patient Ay'Den, smiling with his mother.

She 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.

St. Jude patient Ay'Den, smiling outside wearing a blue shirt.

Ay’Den was quickly referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he began receiving chemotherapy to try and save his life.


Because of generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – so they can focus on helping their child live

St. Jude patient Ay'Den, smiling outside while embraced by his mother.

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.

St. Jude patient Ay'Den, smiling outside.

St. Jude made us comfortable. I don’t know what I would have done without them.

Sharvae, Ay'Den's mom

St. Jude patient Ay'Den smiling outside with his mom while flexing his bicep.

Ay’Den has now successfully finished cancer treatment.


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