While taking finals during his sophomore year of high school, 15-year-old Chandler began experiencing neck pain, back pain and headaches. When he began to have double vision, his family consulted a neurologist, who ordered an emergency MRI. Chandler and his family then learned he had a rare brain tumor called medulloblastoma.
Chandler underwent two brain surgeries at a local hospital, during which doctors were able to remove part of the tumor. Chandler’s family was then referred to St. Jude for his continuing care. At St. Jude, Chandler’s treatment includes 30 rounds of radiation therapy, seven rounds of chemotherapy and physical therapy.
Like all families at St. Jude, Chandler’s family will 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.
“St. Jude means everything to us,” said Chandler’s mom, Cindy. “I don’t think we could be in a better place. We’re thankful to be here. We have complete faith and trust in Chandler’s doctor and nurses.”