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St. Jude patient Vanessa beneath a tree, smiling and gazing into the distance.
Patient Vanessa smiling and receiving kisses from her parents.

St. Jude patient Vanessa with her parents


Vanessa's parents, Josefa and Eliseo, took Vanessa to the doctor several times because of the dark spots on her skin.

“She was not feeling herself,” Josefa said.

A bruise under her chin led Mom and Dad to taking Vanessa to a different doctor who ran more tests. Following the results of these tests, Vanessa was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood.


Vanessa was referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she received five rounds of chemotherapy. She finished treatment in June 2021 and returns for monthly check-ups.

Patient Vanessa resting her chin on a tree branch, smiling.

St. Jude patient Vanessa


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