As an Air Force family stationed abroad, Griffin’s family was living in Germany when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on Veteran’s Day 2019.
The local hospital said it was vital he start chemotherapy within 48 hours. For his family, it felt very important to get back to the United States. “When bad things happen,” said his mom, Jennifer, “you want to go home.”
They were able to obtain acceptance to St. Jude, and twelve hours after diagnosis, Griffin and Jennifer were on a plane.
Jennifer was confident Griffin would be getting the best care, but worried about losing her military support system at this moment of crisis. But, she said:
Families, like Griffin's, never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
Griffin still has much more treatment left to go, but he and his family continue clinging to the hope that St. Jude provides.
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