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Excitement and jitters replace treatment and IVs as new school year starts for Mayela
Read about Mayela's journey from battling leukemia at St. Jude to starting sixth grade with excitement and a bit of nervousness.
Nothing in her experience as a mom of five prepared Nicole for childhood cancer. But St. Jude offered hope.
For most of 18 months, Nicole and her daughter Natalie have made St. Jude their home while Natalie receives treatment for neuroblastoma.