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Medulloblastoma | Puerto Rico

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St. Jude patient Janelle spending time with her family at the hospital.

St. Jude patient Janelle, with her family


Janelle is back home in Puerto Rico, with her twin sister Amalia, after receiving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

Janelle was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a brain tumor of the cerebellum, when she was 17 months old in 2021.

St. Jude patient Janelle playing with her twin sister inside her crib.
St. Jude patient Janelle beginning her treatment at the hospital.

There’s a lot of feelings at the same time— loss of hope and brokenheartedness. As soon as you hear cancer, you don’t think anything good is going to come from that

- Genesis, Janelle's mom


Janelle underwent surgery in Puerto Rico to remove the tumor and was later referred to St. Jude. Genesis said she knew of the scientific breakthroughs made at St. Jude, in part because her father had been a monthly donor to the hospital for years.

St. Jude patient Janelle receiving a kiss on the forehead from her grandfather while being hugged by her grandmother.

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


Our hope was a little bit restored. We heard good things of St. Jude, and if we had a chance to treat her there, she would have a little bit more of a chance.

- Genesis, Janelle's mom

Janelle, paciente de St. Jude, continuando su tratamiento en el hospital.
St. Jude patient Janelle's parents and sister watching her play inside her crib.

At St. Jude, Janelle received chemotherapy for 16 months followed by six weeks of proton radiation therapy. She also underwent a procedure to replace a shunt in her brain. She returned home in June 2023. Janelle will return to Memphis for regular checkups.


St. Jude gave us security knowing our daughter had a better chance of life, and an opportunity to grow up with her sister, and that for us has meant everything.

- Genesis, Janelle's mom

St. Jude patient Janelle, being carried by her dad.
St. Jude patient Janelle receiving a kiss on the forehead from her dad.

Janelle, paciente de St. Jude, con su papá


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