St. Jude patient Tamara, age 8, brain tumor

Meet Tamara

Rosaline knew something was wrong with her daughter, Tamara. When she decided to pay for an MRI at a private clinic, it likely saved her daughter’s life.

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Last summer, 7-year-old Tamara started walking funny. Her mom, Rosaline, knew something had to be very wrong. Rosaline took Tamara to both their local clinic and a local hospital in their home country of The Bahamas, where doctors diagnosed Tamara with an infection and sent her home. 

Rosaline was not satisfied, and scheduled an MRI at a private clinic, where she would have to pay out of pocket.

The MRI revealed a brain tumor, and the doctor referred Tamara to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for treatment. He told Rosaline that St. Jude was the best chance for Tamara’s survival. 

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At St. Jude, Tamara’s treatment has included brain surgery to remove the tumor and radiation therapy. She is currently receiving chemotherapy, the last phase of her treatment plan.

Once Tamara starts singing, she can make you dance right away.

Rosaline, Tamara's mom

Tamara is in the second grade at the St. Jude School and likes reading. She also loves to sing and dance. “Once Tamara starts singing, she can make you dance right away,” said Rosaline.

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