St. Jude patient Stella Grace, age 8, endocrine tumor
Eight-year-old Stella Grace found the spot on her leg. But a nurse anesthetist felt the lump in her neck, putting a halt to what was supposed to be a simple outpatient procedure. Her parents took her straight to the pediatrician. Blood work showed abnormal thyroid levels, and a biopsy showed thyroid carcinoma, a rare endocrine tumor.
“When our doctors told us we were going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for Stella Grace’s treatment, I was relieved to some degree,” said her dad, Chris.
The whole family, including Stella Grace, had been fundraising and participating in St. Jude Memphis Marathon events for years.
St. Jude patient Stella Grace with mom, Scarlett, and dad, Chris.