When Nikalis was just 10 months old, an ultrasound revealed he had an adrenocortical carcinoma, a cancerous tumor on his adrenal gland. He underwent surgery to remove the tumor, after which he was referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Nikalis has a rare genetic condition called Li Fraumeni syndrome, which predisposes him to developing cancers.
“Li Fraumeni is an aggressive condition,” said Nikalis’ mom, Kanika. “His cancer could return at any time.” Nikalis visits St. Jude regularly for brain scans and full body scans. He is also monitored by the St. Jude affiliate near his family’s home.
St. Jude has been such a blessing. They mean it when they say you don't have to worry about anything except your child. You don't have to worry about transportation, you don't have to worry about food, you don't have to worry about your stay.
St. Jude patient Nikalis with his dad
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.
Kanika and her husband, Todd, are grateful for Nikalis’ care team. “His doctors and nurses, everyone, really, has been wonderful,” Kanika said. “They’ve been a blessing to us. They’re superb in explaining things to us and helping us understand what’s going on.”
St. Jude patient Nikalis with his sisters
Nikalis is in second grade. He’s an outgoing, affectionate little boy who adores his five siblings. “He’s funny and has a beautiful sense of humor,” said Kanika. “He loves his family. He’s a strong little boy.”