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Meet Quincy

There are few things scarier than your child receiving a diagnosis of cancer, but that's the boat Karla and Quinton found themselves in. Now they're at St. Jude, and those fears are being cast aside and replaced with hope for a cure for their son, Quincy.

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For several weeks, Quincy experienced stomach issues that got increasingly worse. His parents, Karla and Quinton, took him to the pediatrician. The doctor felt something was wrong, but couldn’t pinpoint it, so he ordered an ultrasound. Later that afternoon, Quincy’s parents received devastating news: Quincy had a tumor on his kidney and needed to go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Patient Quincy with his dad, Quinton

St. Jude patient Quincy


“At that moment, I just went numb,” Quincy's dad, Quinton, recalled. “I couldn’t move. I didn’t know what to think.” 

The moment Quincy’s family arrived at St. Jude, they felt hope.

“As soon as we walked in, the staff was ready for us,” Quincy's mom, Karla, said.

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I couldn’t believe the level of service and care. I was no longer afraid of anything. Ever since the moment we walked through the doors, I’ve been hopeful.

St. Jude patient Quincy's mom, Karla

At St. Jude, doctors determined that Quincy had a type of kidney cancer called Wilms tumor. His treatment included surgery to remove the affected kidney and chemotherapy. Quincy often asked his care team questions about his treatment. “His nurses made it a learning experience for Quincy. He took ownership of what was happening to him,” Karla said. “And that really helps you as a parent watching your child going through something like this.” 

Patient Quincy with his dad

Patient Quincy with his dad, Quinton

During his treatment, Quincy’s family found strength in their beliefs. “We’re from a Christian-based family,” Quinton said. “When faced with a situation like this, we pray.” But they also found strength in their son. 

Quincy was so strong throughout everything, and that helped me strengthen myself.

Quinton, Quincy's dad

Support St. Jude and kids like Quincy during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. Let's end childhood cancer. Together.


September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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