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St. Jude patient Eli flexing his arm muscles.
 

Eli shows his strength every day

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Eli is curious, likes math and wants to be an astronaut when he grows up.

 
St. Jude patient Eli.
 

When Eli’s mom, herself a healthcare professional, viewed his X-ray, she could scarcely believe her eyes. The bone in her son’s leg looked like it was dissolving.

 
St. Jude patient Eli being held by his mom.
 

At just 6 years old, Eli was soon diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. 

 
St. Jude patient Eli hugging his mom outside the St. Jude campus building.
 

The family was referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for Eli’s treatment. Eli underwent surgery to remove the tumor and a portion of his tibia, then received several months of chemotherapy.

During this time, he and his mom lived in St. Jude housing, where they grew closer than ever.

 
 

Families, like Eli's, will never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything.

 
 
St. Jude patient Eli being hugged by his mother.
 

And his mom again felt disbelief, this time at how much support St. Jude provides.

 
St. Jude patient Eli being kissed on the cheek by his mom outside.
 

You don’t believe it until you experience it. They told us as long as we are here, we are covered. As time went by and we didn’t have to worry about anything, we were impressed — this is real.


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