In early 2018, Bridget was on the soccer field when it became apparent something was wrong.
During practice, she was kicked between her right shin guard and cleat. She couldn’t run without limping and when it was time to take her shoe off, Bridget cried out in pain.
“We knew then that something was really wrong,” said Bridget’s mom, Jamie.
Over the next two weeks, Bridget underwent a series of tests – an X-ray followed by an MRI followed by a biopsy. The news was devastating: Bridget had a type of bone cancer called osteosarcoma in her right distal tibia.
At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Bridget’s treatment included 33 weeks of chemotherapy. She also underwent surgery, during which the tumor and part of her leg were removed, and Bridget was then fitted with a prosthesis.
Jamie is grateful for everything St. Jude has done for her daughter. “Our lives at St. Jude cost us nothing,” Jamie said. “We’re able to focus on Bridget’s care and Bridget’s well-being. It’s amazing to see how in tune everybody is here, and it’s comforting to know they care so much about Bridget, that she’s taken care of in the best way possible.”
Bridget is now finished with treatment and visits St. Jude for regular checkups.
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