At Eliza’s 4-month well-child visit, her pediatrician referred her to an ophthalmologist after testing her eyes. The ophthalmologist, in turn, referred Eliza to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital because a tumor was visible in the baby’s right eye.
Eliza had retinoblastoma, or eye cancer, and it was found in both her eyes at St. Jude.
Eliza underwent systemic chemotherapy, finishing in July 2022, and now returns to St. Jude for regular checkups.
Eliza is a joyful, playful little girl, and her laugh is infectious. “Most of her life has been hospitals, doctors’ offices, but you can still see her personality shine in those places, in the darkest moments,” said her dad.
Families, like Eliza's, will never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.