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St. Jude patient Tina smiling in front of a white studio background.

During the fall of 2017, Tina became nauseous and started to throw up almost daily.

Her parents, Vicente and Marina, took her to the pediatrician who determined that Tina had a virus.

St. Jude patient Tina in a hospital bed.

Tina prior to treatment


But 10 days later, Tina was still sick.

“We went to the hospital,” Vicente said. “Within 40 minutes, they told us Tina had a brain tumor.”

A biopsy revealed the tumor was a type of brain cancer called medulloblastoma.

Tina was then referred to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Families, like Tina's, will never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

Tina smiling with her sister, mother and father in 2018.

Tina with her family in 2018


“When we learned Tina had cancer, it was the worst news we’ve ever received,” Vicente said. “You never think something like this could happen to you.”

  1. St. Jude patient Tina smiling on a couch wearing a black pom pom hat in front of a St. Jude sign.

    Tina’s family arrived at St. Jude in January 2018.

    Her treatment included 30 sessions of proton therapy and four months of chemotherapy.

    Her family is thankful for the care she’s received – and how much St. Jude provided for their family.

    St. Jude patient Tina smiling outside St. Jude wearing a colorful tie dyed summer camp shirt.

    Tina on the St. Jude campus

    St. Jude took the financial worry away. St. Jude allows families like ours to have our child treated with the best team behind us.

    Tina's father, Vicente

    Tina with her parents in 2021.

    Tina with her parents in 2021

    Tina is now finished with treatment and returns for regular scans.

    She is an honor student who loves to play tennis and spend time watching videos and playing cards with her sister.

    St. Jude patient Tina outside the Grand Canyon in 2021.

    Tina in 2021

    St. Jude kept our family together... it's a little piece of heaven on earth.

    Tina's father, Vicente


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