For Maverick’s family, 2018 began with heartbreak. On New Year’s Eve, he went to the hospital with abnormal bloodwork. On Jan. 2, he received a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer. Within hours, he was headed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by ambulance.
“I think it was a comfort to know we were going to St. Jude,” said his dad, Michael. “We didn’t even hesitate. There’s no second opinion when you hear the words St. Jude. That’s where you want to go.”
The lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children®, was already well-known to this family. They had taken part in various fundraising and volunteer efforts for St. Jude in the past, and they had given through the mail.
But some things you have to experience to truly understand.
Until you’re here, you don’t realize the magnitude of what this place really can do for your family.
Maverick will undergo chemotherapy for about two-and-a-half years. With three kids all under the age of 4, these parents have a lot on their plate. But what they don’t have are treatment costs, because 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.
“The doctors call the shots, and it happens instantaneously. It doesn’t take hours and hours for things to develop around the red tape,” added Michael. “You take the rule of healthcare and you throw it out the door when you come to St. Jude, which I love.”
Help our families focus on their sick child, not medical bills.
When you donate monthly, your gift means families, like Maverick's, 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.