St. Jude patient David, age 9, blood cancer

A love of travel

David and his grandfather were excited to put their shared love of travel to use during TUMI's Take You Home event.


In 2011, TUMI introduced the TUMI Takes You Home event where TUMI donates travel cases specially designed for the patients and families of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to help them travel to and from the hospital for treatment.

Since then, TUMI has produced a limited-edition collection of custom-made travel cases inspired by the artwork of St. Jude patients for its annual TUMI Takes You Home event. The latest event took place on the St. Jude campus on Oct. 4, 2017.


St. Jude patient David receives luggage during a TUMI patient event at the hospital.

David and his grandfather, Tom, are experienced travelers. They live on an island off the coast of Honduras. David is trilingual — he speaks English, Spanish and an island dialect. After David was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in April 2016, they made the journey from Central America to St. Jude for David’s treatment.

At St. Jude, tests revealed David has a rare strain called Gamma Delta t-cell ALL. He will undergo approximately three years of chemotherapy.

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. 

David and Tom enjoy going to special events, like the TUMI giveaway, held at the hospital. 

It’s a diversion and something new in your day. It’s an opportunity to do something on the light side and get away from the normal schedule,” Tom said. “I’m really impressed that so many organizations are willing to donate their time and products to help out like this. It’s very helpful and enriches the entire experience of St. Jude.
Tom, St. Jude patient David's grandfather

St. Jude patient David with grandfather, Tom

St. Jude patient David with his grandfather, Tom


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