At the large hospital in Mumbai, 13-month-old Bella had pulled through the surgery to remove her brain tumor. But the news was still grim: It was cancerous, and there was no cure.
As Bella’s parents reeled, a stranger approached them – the father of another child in the same hospital. The stranger told them about a hospital in the United States called St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Bella’s parents had never been to the United States or heard of St. Jude. But soon, based on additional pathology from St. Jude, as well as another hospital in India, Bella’s diagnosis was changed to anaplastic ependymoma – a survivable disease, if treated properly.
A month after being told Bella would die, her family arrived at St. Jude, where she received proton therapy and chemotherapy. Her parents were prepared to manage under any circumstances, live in any condition. Instead, they found out St. Jude would provide much more than Bella’s treatment. “St. Jude has thought about the issues we face,” said her father. “Accommodation, transportation – everything is arranged. Unless someone comes here and experiences it, no one will believe that there could be such an organization in the world.”
This Mother’s Day, our St. Jude families depend on supporters like you
When you support St. Jude, families, like Bella's, never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.