Meet Miguel

Miguel is a happy boy who loves to laugh.

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St. Jude patient Miguel
 
 

Miguel was 2 months old when his mother, Liliana, started to notice a glare in his eyes in photographs. Just three months later, tests revealed Miguel had retinoblastoma, a type of eye cancer. There were tumors in both of his eyes.

St. Jude patient Miguel

St. Jude patient Miguel

“When Miguel was born, I was so excited and happy for his future,” Liliana said. “I was so worried when I learned he had cancer. I was afraid he’d lose his eyesight.”

St. Jude patient Miguel with his mom, Liliana

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.

   

Doctors in Mexico recommended Miguel’s eyes be removed, confirming Liliana’s worst fears. Desperate to save her son’s vision, Liliana obtained a referral to St. Jude.

St. Jude patient Miguel

Soon after Miguel and Liliana arrived at St. Jude, doctors told Liliana they believed they could save her son’s eyes. “I felt like a weight was lifted from my shoulders,” she said. 

Miguel’s treatment includes a combination of chemotherapy, laser treatment and cryotherapy. He also received physical, occupational and speech therapies, which helped keep him on track to meet his milestones.

St. Jude patient Miguel with his mom, Liliana

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