Sept

Childhood Cancer
Awareness Month

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Together for Daniel & Jimy

ages 7 and 8, blood cancer

 

Every time that Daniel and Jimy are in each other’s company, they're inseparable friends. Like many other boys, they like to play with Legos and video games. In addition to being good friends, both boys find themselves at St. Jude, where they're undergoing treatment for leukemia.

In November of 2015, Jimy and his mom traveled from their native home in Guatemala to begin treatment at St. Jude. About 20 days later, Daniel’s family arrived from Peru. At St. Jude, both boys are undergoing chemotherapy as part of their treatment plan for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

St. Jude patient Daniel

Daniel, who is 7, wants to be a neurosurgeon when he grows up.

St. Jude patient Jimy

Jimy, age 8, is a cheerful, active boy who wants to be a pilot when he grows up.

One day, while the families were seated in a waiting room, Daniel overheard a boy close to him speaking in Spanish. That boy was Jimy, who was also relatively new to the hospital. Daniel approached Jimy and that moment marked the beginning of a beautiful friendship that continues to this day.

“Every time that there is an activity, Daniel and Jimy immediately approach each other and start playing.”

Jimy's mom

Daniel and Jimy playing

In addition to their friendship, Jimy and Daniel are sharing a unique experience — getting to learn English. When one of them doesn’t understand something, together they try to translate and learn new words. “Daniel already knew a little bit of English before coming to St. Jude, so when Jimy doesn’t understand something, he translates for him when possible,” said Jimy’s mother.

 

For both families, St. Jude has been a blessing. Families 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.

“When we found out we wouldn’t have to pay for any of Daniel’s care, it was like being in a dream. It was a tremendous relief because it gave us the opportunity to spend more time with Daniel and not have to worry about anything else.”

Daniel's mom

Thanks to the ongoing generosity of our donors, their families continue to have hope. “Right now, we are focused on the future and what will come after treatment because we know that Daniel is in great hands,” said Daniel’s mother. “St. Jude has allowed us to do that.”

 
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