In the summer of 2017, Griffin, his identical twin Graham, their older brother and sister and their parents traveled to Hawaii. They swam with dolphins, played on the sandy beaches, admired the sunsets and embraced the Aloha spirit.
It was vastly different than the summer of 2016, when Griffin’s parents, Shannon and Bill, worried whether the makeup of their family might be forever altered.
“Graham is a few minutes older than Griffin,” Shannon said. “Griffin’s the true baby of the family. When we found out he had cancer, it was devastating.”
In July 2016, Griffin’s family learned he had a rare type of leukemia called acute promyelocytic leukemia, which is a subtype of acute myeloid leukemia. Shannon and Bill turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for their youngest child’s care.
St. Jude patient Griffin (front right) with his family
St. Jude patient Griffin with his mother, Shannon