Meet Elise

11 years old, brain cancer


Elise is called "Sass" by those who know her best. “She’s spunky and feisty,” said her mom.

 “Elise is the strongest, wisest little girl. When she was first diagnosed, we all looked at each other and said if anyone can do this, it’s Elise.”

Elise at a hospital event

The youngest of five, and the only girl, Elise is outgoing and friendly. She takes acting lessons and loves dance, especially hip hop.

At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Elise is undergoing treatment for brain cell germinoma. She’ll receive chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.

"We have insurance, but learning we’d never receive a bill? I cried for days. We’re provided with everything we need, from Elise’s treatment to meal cards to a place to stay."

Elise's mom


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