St. Jude patient Hender, age 6, muscle cell cancer

Meet Hender

When Hender was found to suffer from muscle cell cancer, his family traveled more than 2,000 miles from their home in Venezuela to St. Jude for treatment.

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Hender’s family lives in Venezuela. He and his brothers love to play video games and ride their bikes. In March 2015, Hender’s family learned he suffered from rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancerous tumor that arises in the soft tissue.

They traveled more than 2,000 miles from their home in South America to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for his treatment and care.

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Hender will undergo chemotherapy and proton beam therapy. His family is grateful for St. Jude.

Because of St. Jude, I know my son will be saved.

Hender's dad

“Because of St. Jude, I know my son will be saved,” said his father. “This is the best hospital. We have faith. Faith lets you see the invisible, feel the intangible and achieve the impossible. This applies 100 percent to St. Jude.”

Hender is responding well to treatment. He’s a curious, intelligent boy who loves to learn.

“For us, St. Jude means to be reborn,” said Hender’s father. “St. Jude gives us hope that things will again be as they used to be.”

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