St. Jude patient Bailey, age 8, kidney cancer

Back to school for Bailey

Eight-year-old Bailey has been battling cancer for the past three years, but with the help of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, she kept up with her school work and is ready for third grade in the fall.

In July 2012, the summer before she was to begin kindergarten, Bailey was diagnosed with Wilms tumor, a type of kidney cancer. "One day our life was normal," said Bailey’s mom, Ashley. "Then overnight, our lives completely changed." Bailey’s family brought her to St. Jude for her treatment. She underwent chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, during which her left kidney and a portion of her right kidney were removed.

In May 2013, Bailey’s family was devastated to learn the cancer had returned. Bailey again underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent within the next decade. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.

We’re so grateful for the kindness and generosity of the people who help support St. Jude. They enable the doctors and researchers to continue their work.

Bailey's mother, Ashley

Then, in July 2014, Bailey’s family learned the unthinkable. The cancer had come back again. Bailey’s treatment at St. Jude included chemotherapy, surgery and a stem cell transplant. "We’re so grateful for the kindness and generosity of the people who help support St. Jude," said Ashley. "They enable the doctors and researchers to continue their work."

And thanks to the St. Jude School Program Presented by Target, Bailey will have a new adventure this fall. "Bailey is looking forward to starting public school for the first time," Ashley said. Bailey was able to graduate kindergarten and attend first and second grade at the St. Jude School, which provides patients the opportunity to continue normal educational activities during treatment.

Despite everything she’s been through, Bailey is a happy girl with big plans. She is now finished with treatment and will continue to visit St. Jude for regular checkups. When she grows up, Bailey wants to create art and own a bakery.

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