Kenlie rocking out with Jason Thomas Gordon, musician and grandson of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas during a Music Gives to St. Jude Kids photoshoot.
At 10 years old, Kenlie had undergone knee replacement surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, physical therapy, and in February 2016, amputation of the affected leg.
Even with her prosthetic leg, she still took any opportunity to dance. “The tears have been very few and far between with her,” said her mom, Jennifer, at the time. “She’s a very strong little girl.”
Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90%, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.