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Easter at the hospital
During the holidays, the Child Life specialists of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital do whatever they can to make sure the children and their families feel at home. Each year, Child Life hosts an Easter activity for all inpatients and their families. The Easter Bunny hops his way down the halls of St. Jude and delivers baskets to all the inpatient rooms. And because of generosity like yours, families are able to focus on the most important thing — helping their child live. Happy Easter from the children and families of St. Jude!
Marleigh had suffered from migraines since she was 1 year old, but her parents never imagined it would be anything as serious as cancer. It got to the point where her headaches were causing her to miss school and time after time her worried parents took her to their local doctors. Finally, her mother was determined to get to the source of her daughter’s suffering and took her to the emergency room.
“The doctor came in,” her mom remembers, “and I could tell by his face it wasn’t good news, but at this point, it had been so long without answers, and so any news was better than no news. He said, ‘You’re going to have to go to St. Jude,’ and I just melted inside.”
At St. Jude Marleigh was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia — a type of blood cancer — and our doctors placed her on a treatment plan of chemotherapy. Her mom says, “They took really, really good care of her. She was smiling, and it was the first smile I saw in so long, because she had felt so bad for so long. It was like she knew, ‘Okay, I’m here, and I’m going to be better, they’re going to fix me.’”
And thanks to friends like you, Marleigh’s family will never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything — not for treatment, travel, housing or food — because we believe all a family should worry about is helping their child live.