“When my baby was 5 years old, she woke up in the middle of the night crying in pain — and Ellee’s not my crier. When she looked at me and said, ‘Mommy, please help me,’ I knew something was seriously wrong,” remembered Ellee’s mom, Shauna.
Ellee would be diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a type of blood cancer, and was referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Families, like Ellee's, will never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything.
Ellee's type of cancer is the most common form of childhood cancer. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has increased the survival rates for ALL from 4% before opening in 1962 to 94% today.
Ellee is a smart and determined little girl. When she was first diagnosed, her parents didn't hide her diagnosis from her.
As soon as we walked through the doors of St. Jude, she recognized the logo. She said, ‘You’ve taken me to the hospital where kids have cancer. Mommy, do I have cancer?’
While receiving chemotherapy at St. Jude, Ellee enjoys visiting the St. Jude mailroom to see if she has any cards from home — and she always does.
It’s a great way for her to pass the time between appointments and practice her reading.
During her treatment at St. Jude, Ellee has retained her spunk and likes practicing magic tricks, even pulling a bunny out of a hat for her nurses.
We can never repay St. Jude for what they have done for our child.
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