Scarlet’s parents were on their overdue honeymoon in New York, three years after their wedding, when they received a call they will never forget.
Their two-year-old daughter was not well, and doctors suspected something serious. They referred Scarlet’s case to a pediatric children’s hospital in Louisiana. A few hours later, Scarlet’s parents, who were arranging their return home, received another call. Scarlet had leukemia.
Doctors referred Scarlet to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Families, like Scarlet's, never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
Scarlet received six rounds of chemotherapy at St. Jude. She and her mom lived at Target House for half a year while Scarlet was in treatment. Scarlet’s dad, Scott, remained at home where he continued to work and take care of Scarlet’s siblings.
Saneetra, who took a one-year unpaid leave from her teaching job to be with Scarlet, said she is grateful that she never received a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
Scarlet celebrated her third birthday earlier this year at home. Her mother described her as energetic and spirited, a girl who loves to spend time playing outside and visiting the local children’s museum. At home, she likes to play with her little sister, do puzzles, blow bubbles and play board games.
“She’s a happy, typical three-year-old,’’ her mom said.
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