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Scenes from summer


For many families, summer is a special time for cookouts, camp, beach trips and vacations. But for childhood cancer patients and their families, summer fun can be more of a challenge. However, St. Jude strives to provide treatment on an outpatient basis as much as possible, so children can spend more time at home. Check out what these five patients have been up to in the summer of 2018.


Moving up

Da’Maya graduated from the fifth grade this summer. She spent her entire fourth grade year at St. Jude, in treatment for soft tissue cancer. But look at her now! She’s cancer free and officially became a middle schooler this August.

Da'Maya at her graduation
Woods at the nature center

Sun and sea

Woods completed treatment for brain cancer and was able to return home, where he hit the beach with his siblings and made some new friends at the local nature center.


Blazing a new trail

Addyson is in treatment for leukemia, but this summer she was able to go camping with her family.

Addyson hiking
Gideon giving a hug

Checking in

Gideon’s little body was consumed by cancer when he came to St. Jude as a baby. Now cancer free and 4 years old, he regularly returns to St. Jude for checkups. This summer, he gave out some hugs in the hospital hallway.


New heights

Anita is currently in treatment at St. Jude for a recurrence of bone cancer and recently underwent amputation of her leg. But that didn’t stop her from going to camp and zip-lining.

She said, “It was the most extreme thing I've done in my life – it was incredible, and I loved it. There are no limits if you really want to get something done and put all your effort towards it!”

Addyson hiking

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