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Childhood Cancer
Awareness Month

for Nicole

St. Jude patient Nicole
age 16  |  blood cancer


During the summer of 2017, Nicole lost 10 pounds in two months. In August, when she went to her doctor for a school physical, blood work revealed Nicole’s white blood cell count was extremely high. “The doctor sent us to the emergency room immediately,” said Nicole’s mom, Oswaida. “He thought it was leukemia.”


The doctor’s hunch proved true when tests showed Nicole had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type of blood cancer. She was immediately referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. At St. Jude, Nicole’s treatment will include three years of chemotherapy.

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. We won't stop until no child dies from cancer.

St. Jude patient Nicole

St. Jude patient Nicole

St. Jude gives us everything we need. All of the doctors are here for us. We’re thankful for Nicole’s entire care team.

Oswaida, St. Jude patient Nicole's mother

St. Jude patient Nicole

St. Jude patient Nicole

Nicole likes to draw, paint and read. She’s able to keep up with her high-school coursework back home in Puerto Rico through St. Jude’s school program.

Join St. Jude in September to help patients, like Nicole, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Let’s end childhood cancer. Together.

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Let's end childhood cancer. Together.

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