Claire has always loved the outdoors and she recently returned home from a trip of a lifetime.
She visited Canada and seven states, including Alaska, and saw grizzly bears and bison, among many other animals native to the western United States.
The best part of the trip for this 12-year-old is that she got to do it all alongside her parents, Jayne and Caleb, and four siblings — Emmy, Amelia, Jonah and Henry.
Next up for Claire and her family is Hawaii.
“We hike a lot, and we camp and we mountain bike, and those are her favorite things,’’ said her mother, Jayne. “It was super amazing.”
When she’s not busy traveling and sightseeing, Claire loves to cook, curl up with a good book and ski.
When Claire was 8 years old, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor after she began to have headaches and would occasionally throw up.
Her symptoms lingered and progressively worsened, and her parents became increasingly worried.
After two trips to the emergency room, a CT scan revealed she had medulloblastoma, a brain tumor of the cerebellum.
The cerebellum controls balance and coordinated movements.
Claire underwent surgery at a local hospital in Utah. Her doctor then referred her to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
At St. Jude, Claire’s treatment included 30 rounds of proton therapy and seven rounds of chemotherapy, which she finished in May 2019.
She returns to St. Jude every six-months for checkups.
Jayne described St. Jude as the “purest form of hope.”