She was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017.
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
During the fall of 2017, Tina became nauseous and started to throw up almost daily. Her parents, Vicente and Marina, took her to the pediatrician, who determined that Tina had a virus. Ten days later, Tina was still sick. “We went to the hospital,” Vicente said. “Within 40 minutes, they told us Tina had a brain tumor.” A biopsy revealed the tumor was a type of brain cancer called a medulloblastoma. Tina underwent surgery to remove the tumor and was referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® for continuing treatment.
Tina’s treatment included 30 sessions of proton therapy and four months of chemotherapy. Her family is thankful for the care she’s received—and how much St. Jude has provided for their family. “St. Jude took the financial worry away,” said Vicente. “St. Jude allows families like ours to have our child treated with the best team behind us.”
Tina is now finished with treatment and returns for regular scans. She is an honor student who loves to play tennis and spend time watching videos or playing cards with her sister.