St. Jude patient Hayden, age 5, brain tumor

Meet Hayden

Hayden has been through chemotherapy and brain surgery — but his family will never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything.

Hayden’s parents thought he might have a concussion after he bumped his head twice in one weekend. It took two emergency room visits, a CAT-scan and finally an MRI at a hospital near home to discover Hayden had a tumor resting on his brain stem. Devastated with the news and facing brain surgery for their son, his parents took the advice of their doctors to seek treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

They’ve given me our son’s future. St. Jude provided that for us.

Hayden's dad


Hayden was airlifted to St. Jude so he could pursue a lifesaving course of treatment. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Hayden’s treatment has included brain surgery and chemotherapy. He is now out of treatment and returns to St. Jude for checkups every three months.

His dad describes Hayden as a super smart 5-year-old, perceptive and resilient throughout treatment. “St. Jude is saving kids’ lives every day,” Hayden’s dad declared. “They’ve given me our son’s future. St. Jude provided that for us."

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