Harper was a girl on the go — a nationally ranked shot putter and competitive swimmer. In April 2017, when Harper’s family learned she suffered from a rare liver cancer called undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma, they turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Harper’s treatment included chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
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Harper, who is finished with treatment and visits St. Jude for regular checkups, is back to doing the things she loves most: swimming, throwing shot put and playing basketball.
“Our family is forever grateful for St. Jude,” Harper’s mom said. “They saved Harper’s life.”
Eleanor is undergoing treatment for acute myeloid leukemia at St. Jude. She arrived on her first birthday and began chemotherapy immediately. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because we believe all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
“I can't imagine what life after treatment would be like if we were worrying about bills,” said Eleanor’s dad.
Some of Eleanor’s favorite things include splashing in water, gazing at her reflection, food and music therapy. “We think of St. Jude as a haven,” her mom said. "Everyone is working towards one goal, and it makes you feel safe and well taken care of."
When Maelin-Kate’s parents brought her home from China in 2017, they knew she had medical needs. She had hip dysplasia and was scheduled for orthopedic surgery within weeks of her adoption. That’s how her Fanconi anemia came to light.
People with Fanconi anemia do not produce healthy bone marrow – so they don’t produce healthy blood. Untreated, this genetic disease can cause leukemia. At St. Jude, Maelin-Kate’s treatment included chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. She now visits St. Jude for regular checkups.
Maelin-Kate is the youngest of five children and the only girl. “She has glitter in her veins,” said her mom. "She's just super joyful. Every day, she finds a reason why it's the best day ever."
On the day Brayden should have started kindergarten, he was undergoing surgery to remove a type of cancerous brain tumor called a medulloblastoma. Once he recovered, his family turned to St. Jude for his continuing treatment. Brayden received proton therapy and chemotherapy.
He’s now finished with treatment and visits St. Jude for regular checkups. “St. Jude is an amazing place,” Brayden’s mom said. “When you go through something like this, you want the best treatment, and that’s what St. Jude provided." Because of treatment at St. Jude, Brayden can continue to be a silly, loving kid.