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Video of St. Jude patient Eleanor.

Eleanor spreads cheer everywhere, including at St. Jude

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Eleanor is a jovial soul.

Even during cancer treatment, she was something of a goodwill ambassador in the halls of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

patient eleanor smiling at a festival

She’ll walk up to anybody and give them a hug on the leg and wave hi to them. I hope when people see her in the hallways, they get happier too.

Eleanor's mom, Elizabeth


Families, like Eleanor's, will never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

patient eleanor smiling while she's held by her mom and dad

But Eleanor isn’t just sweet; she’s also, in her mom’s words, ‘spicy.’

“The moment you tell her she can’t do something, she’s like, ‘I’m going to do it.’”

This determination has served her well, since she has been overcoming medical problems since the day she was born.

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    Eleanor posing for a photo after her baptism

    One of these challenges began when, on her first birthday, Eleanor arrived at St. Jude for treatment of a type of acute myeloid leukemia associated with Down Syndrome.

    patient eleanor in an avocado costume during Halloween

    Eleanor in an avocado costume during Halloween

    I can't imagine what life after treatment would be like if we were worrying about bills. I'm sure it would be significant to the point where second jobs would come into play, and then that's more time away from her.

    Eleanor's dad, Daniel

    patient eleanor sitting down in a park

    Some of Eleanor’s favorite things include running, splashing in water, getting people’s attention and food (even raw broccoli!).

    patient eleanor in a striped shirt

    Eleanor successfully underwent chemotherapy, completing treatment in November 2019.

    She is now back at home.


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