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Mayela in her hospital room

Mayela is being treated for leukemia

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Mayela began treatment in Puerto Rico but was soon referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

When we walked through the doors of St. Jude, we felt we could breathe again.

Mayela’s dad, Angel

The attention and dedication of the staff have meant a lot to Mayela's family.

Mayela dancing with an IV line

Mayela keeps her spirits high.


Her dad, Angel, says “We love the way doctors sit with us to explain every step of the process and how quick they are to respond to our needs."


Families, like Mayela's, will never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything.

Mayela in a hospital bed

At St. Jude, Mayela underwent a bone marrow transplant, with her dad serving as her donor.

  1. We love that St. Jude keeps looking for the cure for cancer.

    Mayela’s dad, Angel

    Mayela's parents had seen St. Jude TV commercials in Puerto Rico, but they had no idea that she would one day be featured in one of her own.

    mayela in a st. jude commercial with a puppet

    Mayela in a St. Jude commercial

    Mayela is done with treatment and now visits St. Jude every six weeks.

    She’s in second grade and loves to play with dolls and do crafts.


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