Journey to a cure

David is an outgoing boy from Honduras. After he received a diagnosis of blood cancer, David began the journey to St. Jude for treatment.


Growing up as an American boy in Honduras, David took full advantage of his unique experience and learned to speak three languages — English, Spanish and a local dialect of the island where he lives.

When David began feeling ill in April 2016, doctors discovered he had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type of blood cancer. Being a cancer survivor himself, David’s grandfather, Tom, was determined to have his grandson treated in the United Sates. 

St. Jude patient David

They soon had a referral to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where David’s treatment included two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80% today.

St. Jude is a truly special place,” said Tom. “It is a drop right down from heaven.” 

St. Jude patient David with his grandfather, Tom

St. Jude patient David with his grandfather, Tom.


This whole experience has really shown me how much goodness there still is in this world.

- Tom, David's grandfather


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