Meet Ay'Den

He was diagnosed with blood cancer in December 2020 before traveling from Arkansas to St. Jude for treatment.

St. Jude patient Ay'Den

Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—so they can focus on helping their child live.


Ay'Den was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a type of blood cancer, in Decemeber 2020. His family feared it was COVID-19, but they never imagined he would be diagnosed with leukemia instead. Ay'Den was quickly referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, where he began receiving chemotherapy.

A gentle kid with a ready smile – a “sweetheart,” said his mom, Sharvae – Ay’Den likes coloring, dogs and video games. Seeing her child through cancer during a pandemic was hard, but Sharvae was surprised to find out how much St. Jude does for families.

St. Jude made us comfortable. I don’t know what I would have done without them.”

Sharvae, St. Jude patient Ay'Den's mom

St. Jude patient Ay'Den and his mom

St. Jude patient Ay'Den and his mom


Ay'Den has now successfully finished cancer treatment.