“Lilly has always loved music,” said her mom, Katie. “We used to perform at retirement homes as a family. Her daddy would play guitar, and I would sing, and Lilly would dance.” But in 2015, Lilly developed headaches and started having trouble balancing in ballet. “In fact, the night before she was diagnosed we played a retirement home,” Katie continued. “She wasn't feeling well, but she danced for an hour straight that night because she didn't want to let her elderly friends down.”
The next day, an MRI showed Lilly had a mass in her brain. Following surgery near her home, Lilly received a diagnosis of medulloblastoma — brain cancer — and was quickly referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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 to 90% and won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.