During bathtime one evening when Lillian (nicknamed "Lily") and her twin sister, Emmy, were 16 months old, Lily's parents noticed a knot on her back.
“We took her to the local hospital,” recalled the twins’ mom, Michelle. “The doctor didn’t think it was anything to worry about, but he went ahead and did an ultrasound.”
The results of the ultrasound were devastating, revealing a solid mass. The hospital was uncomfortable doing a biopsy on such a young child, so Lily was sent to a local children’s hospital.
There, a biopsy revealed she had a type of soft tissue cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma.
Lily was immediately referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Her family had heard of St. Jude, but it wasn’t until they arrived that they truly understood how special the hospital is.
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.
At St. Jude, Lily’s treatment has included chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumor and proton therapy.
Her family is grateful for everything St. Jude has done for their family, including providing housing, which means Emmy has been by Lily’s side for everything.
“Emmy keeps Lily going,” Michelle said. “Emmy pushes her. She makes sure Lily eats and drinks, and she’s been that way ever since they were born. Emmy has really always nurtured Lily. She has a huge heart.”
Lily and Emmy are busy bodies, always on the move. They’re outgoing, sweet-natured, curious girls who know their ABCs, love singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and enjoy meeting new people.
The doctors and nurses, the way they take care of their patients is above and beyond. They genuinely care about the patients. They’re not just making sure Lily’s needs are met, but also the family and her twin sister’s needs, too.
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