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St. Jude patient Eri'Elle

At age 2, Eri’Elle was diagnosed with a fast-growing soft tissue cancer in her spine called rhabdoid tumor.


Eri'Elle knows what she loves

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At age three, Eri’Elle knows what she loves: dinosaurs, her mom and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


When she was just 2, Eri’Elle was diagnosed with a fast-growing soft tissue cancer in her spine called rhabdoid tumor.  Her doctors referred her to St. Jude for treatment.

St. Jude patient Eri'Elle is held by her grandmother and mother.

St. Jude patient Eri'Elle with her grandmother, left, and mother.


“When I received the diagnosis for my daughter, my hope was gone,” her mom, Angel, says. She found hope again at St. Jude.


Eri’Elle had two surgeries to remove tumors from her spine and then her ribs, plus chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Eri’Elle smiled through it all.

St. Jude patient Eri'Elle smiles at her grandmother and mother

St. Jude patient Eri'Elle with her grandmother, left, and mother


Not having to worry about what we will eat, where we will sleep or how I will pay for this treatment is more than a blessing.

— Eri'Elle's mom, Angel


Families, like Eri'Elle's, never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live. 


Eri’Elle has decided she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Her mom made her a doctor’s badge to wear at St. Jude.

St. Jude patient Eri'Elle laughs and plays outside in the sunshine.

“I’m grateful for every dollar that anybody gives because that’s why my child’s still here,” Angel says. “That’s why she’s alive.”


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