Sickle cell disease
Bryce was diagnosed with sickle cell disease shortly after his birth. His parents turned to St. Jude, where Bryce was offered ongoing care for sickle cell disease. At St. Jude, everything changed. Bryce’s treatment has included a daily penicillin regimen, and when he was 1 year old, the addition of a drug called hydroxyurea. Bryce is a joyful, energetic kid.
Blood cancer (acute myeloid leukemia)
Jenny underwent treatment for acute myeloid leukemia at home in Honduras. When the cancer returned in December 2015, her family traveled to St. Jude for her continuing care, which included chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Jenny, who is finished with treatment and back home now, visits St. Jude for regular checkups. She’s a smart, artistic girl.
Brain cancer (high grade glioma)
In early 2015, shortly after she was born, Sarah was found to suffer from a high grade glioma. She underwent chemotherapy at St. Jude. Sarah is now finished with treatment and visits St. Jude every three months for scans. “St. Jude is an incredible place,” said her mom. “It’s impossible not to fall in love with the hospital.”
Immune system disorder (hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis)
When Jeziel’s doctor in Puerto Rico determined he had an immune system disease, they referred him to St. Jude. At St. Jude, Jeziel has undergone chemotherapy and three bone marrow transplants. “We’re very thankful for everything St. Jude has done for Jeziel,” said his mom. Jeziel is a funny, active boy who loves cars and trains.
Muscle cell cancer (rhabdomyosarcoma)
In January 2016, Azalea’s family learned she had rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of soft tissue cancer. They traveled from their home in Jamaica to St. Jude for her treatment, which has included surgery to remove the tumor and chemotherapy. Azalea, who always has a smile on her face, is a social butterfly. She loves coloring, Frozen and Minnie Mouse.