Felicity appears in a St. Jude commercial, with her mother talking about her daughter's St. Jude story.
When Felicity’s mom took her to the pediatrician for routine vaccinations at 4 months old, she was a nervous wreck.
“Being a first-time mommy, I was so scared about her getting her shots,” she said. In fact, she was about to learn something truly terrifying. Felicity had hydrocephalus, which led to the discovery of tumors in her brain and spine.
The diagnosis was desmoplastic infantile astrocytoma: not cancer, but aggressive and deadly all the same.
The family sought a referral to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and arrived on Father’s Day 2017.
Families, like Felicity's, will never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.
At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Felicity’s treatment included several different chemotherapies that succeeded in shrinking the tumors, as well as physical, occupational and speech therapies to ensure she met her milestones.
She spent her first Christmas and her first birthday in treatment, but, true to her name, she stayed an incredibly happy baby throughout.
And today, Felicity is thriving. She loves swimming, acting out fairy tales, and playing with her two little brothers.
January 2024 will mark six years since Felicity was in active treatment. Her most recent checkups at St. Jude showed her tumors remain stable.