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St. Jude patient Gideon smiles as he sits in the driver's seat of a firetruck.

St. Jude patient Gideon

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Gideon appears in a St. Jude commercial, with his mom talking about her son's St. Jude journey.


Gideon's story

When Gideon was a baby, his parents took him to the pediatrician because he had some bruises and a lump on his head.

His doctor also felt a mass in Gideon’s abdomen, and testing showed he had neuroblastoma, a very rare type of cancer that almost always affects children and often starts in the adrenal glands. It was stage 4 and high-risk. 


Three days later, Gideon started his first dose of chemotherapy at St. Jude. Scans showed the cancer had spread throughout his body, even causing the lump on his head.

But quickly, his treatment began to work.

St. Jude patient Gideon grins with his mom and dad in a selfie.

St. Jude patient Gideon with his mom and dad

St. Jude patient Gideon looks at a book while sitting on a chair.

In addition to chemotherapy, Gideon had surgery, a bone marrow transplant and radiation therapy at St. Jude. He also received an antibody therapy manufactured right on the St. Jude campus.

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After more than a year of treatment, Gideon went home cancer-free in January 2017.

He was faced with death for 15 months, and I’ve never met anyone so full of life. He is healthy, growing and thriving.

- Gideon's mom, Katie

St. Jude patient Gideon lays in bed and sucks his thumb

Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.

St. Jude patient Gideon stands next to a tricycle with a quizzical look on his face.

Survivors of childhood cancer who are treated at St. Jude receive long-term follow-up care. So today, Gideon visits St. Jude once a year for checkups at the After Completion of Therapy (ACT) Clinic.

When he’s back home and just being a kid, Gideon is doing great in school and loves geology and digging for rocks. He also plays baseball and is a loving big brother.

St. Jude patient Gideon stands and smiles with his sister in Easter clothes.

St. Jude patient Gideon with his sister


When you support St. Jude, you can help make cures possible for kids with cancer, like Gideon. Together, we can save more lives.

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