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St. Jude patient Melanie being hugged by her mom.

Childhood Cancer
Awareness Month


In the summer of 2019, Melanie started having headaches.

Her mom, Jessica, thought she might need glasses. But the eye doctor saw something concerning about Melanie’s optic nerve.

St. Jude patient Melanie being hugged by her mom.

Melanie and her mom, Jessica


Tests soon revealed she had a type of brain cancer called pineoblastoma.

Her doctor referred to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.


Families, like Melanie's, will never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

St. Jude patient Melanie smiling.

Melanie arrived at St. Jude in early 2020 and her current treatment includes both chemotherapy and proton therapy.

She is a vibrant girl with a ready smile and an engaging smile.

St. Jude patient Melanie with heart cut outs.

She has what I call a ‘God Light.’ There’s just something about Melanie that draws people to her.

Melanie's mom, Jessica


Your donation helps give kids like Melanie the chance to grow up.


September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer.

Let's cure childhood cancer. Together.

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