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age 7, acute lymphoblastic leukemia


When Gustavo was just 3 years old, he was treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. But when his cancer returned in October of 2015, his family made the journey from Guatemala to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for his continuing treatment and care. At St. Jude, Gustavo underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. 


Gustavo with Sima Jeha, MD, Director of St. Jude's Leukemia/Lymphoma Developmental Therapeutics.

St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate for childhood cancer from 20% when we first opened our doors in 1962 to 80% today. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.

"Since our first day here, St. Jude has covered everything for us. St. Jude has been a huge blessing for us."

Gustavo's mom

Gustavo with his family

Gustavo finished treatment and returned to St. Jude for regular checkups. His parents described him as an obedient boy who enjoys spending time with his brother.

Editor's note: We regret to inform you that Gustavo passed away in June 2021.


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