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St. Jude patient Liliana smiles

St. Jude patient Liliana

 
 
 
St. Jude patient Liliana walking with her family past the Domino's Village at St. Jude.
 

Liliana's story

Liliana likes to walk in the park and find as many flowers as she can to build her own bouquet. The little girl, with the bright smile, usually places her fresh flowers in front of a St. Jude statue she has at home. Then she gives thanks for her life, her mother, Vilma said. 

Liliana is a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she was treated for liver cancer at 8 years old. She underwent a liver transplant in early 2023 and has received radiation therapy and chemotherapy. 

 
 

If St. Jude didn't exist, I don't think I would have her with me anymore. The cancer she had was already spreading.

Liliana's mom, Vilma

Liliana had some rough days through her recovery, but she's now home with her parents and siblings and returning to her active self. 

 
St. Jude patient Liliana poses with her mom, dad and siblings.

St. Jude patient Liliana with her family

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

“She likes school, she likes to paint and she likes to play and run,” her mother said. 

Vilma had to leave her job to be with her daughter during treatment and said she’s grateful that she doesn’t have to worry about the cost. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live. 

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“All the things that they have done for her is a pretty big bill, and knowing that I don’t have to worry about it is a relief,” said her father, Rawy.

Vilma said, as soon as she walked through the doors of St. Jude, she felt peace. The hospital, she thought, would give her daughter a fighting chance. 

 
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.
 

More than six months after their arrival at St. Jude, Liliana is almost finished with chemotherapy, her mom said. 

Having my daughter with me, who makes me laugh everyday, I feel very happy.

Liliana's mom, Vilma

 
 
St. Jude patient Liliana. Pictured with her sister, Shereley.

St. Jude patient Liliana with her sister

 

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

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