A bump in the road

 

When St. Jude patient Mary Browder was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, her family never believed she would get back to a normal life. Today, her diagnosis is just one part of her story.

 
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In the months before her diagnosis, Mary Browder's life was a blur — horseback riding, canoeing, rock climbing, playing golf and sailing.

Then, in November 2013, Mary Browder slowed down — abruptly. She started running a fever. She was lethargic and lost weight. Her doctor thought she had pneumonia, but antibiotics didn’t help.

In January 2014, a chest X-ray revealed a mass on Mary Browder's chest. Further testing revealed she suffered from Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system.

St. Jude patient Mary Browder with her doctor, Monika Metzger MD.

St. Jude patient Mary Browder with her doctor, Monika Metzger MD.

 
 

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St. Jude patient Mary Browder with ALSAC President and CEO Richard C. Shadyac Jr.

St. Jude patient Mary Browder with ALSAC President and CEO Richard C. Shadyac Jr.

At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Mary Browder's treatment included several rounds of chemotherapy.

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.

Her parents credit St. Jude for saving her life while maintaining her quality of life.

Mary Browder speaking at the 2017 Danny Thomas Pro Am Awards.

Mary Browder speaking at the 2017 Danny Thomas Pro Am Awards.

Today, Mary Browder is a high school sophomore who visits St. Jude just for checkups.

Her schedule is as busy as always. She enjoys speech and golf and competes in Junior PGA tournaments.

 
 

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