Yazleemar is outgoing and expressive and has big dreams. She is also a strong preteen who enjoys swimming and spends several days during the week strength training at a local gym where she bikes, climbs ropes and lifts 40-pound weights.
More than a decade earlier, in 2012, Yazleemar was diagnosed in Puerto Rico with retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the retina, the thin membrane on the inside back of the eye that is stimulated by light.
Doctors referred Yazleemar to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where she was treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Doctors at St. Jude were able to save Yazleemar’s eye.
St. Jude offered more than treatment to Yazleemar and her family.
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.
Yazleemar returns to St. Jude for regular checkups.