Once I got here, I got to see what St. Jude is really all about. They’ve been taking care of us from day one. It’s such a relief.
With an official diagnosis of rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer, Da’Maya would receive 42 weeks of intensive treatment, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy. But first, she had to undergo a tracheotomy surgery, because radiation would likely cause the tumor to swell before shrinking it, and this could compromise her ability to breathe.
Da'Maya laughs during arts and crafts with Child Life Specialist Jackie.