As a 2 year old, your child should have problems that you can still fix," said Hadley's mother. "You should be putting Band-Aids on scraped knees and kissing boo-boos and wiping tears over silly things, not cancer.
Although it was terrifying, St. Jude was a nearly immediate comfort to the family.
“You kind of start feeling at home right off the bat because everybody’s so friendly,” said her dad, Darrin. “You’d think it would be a bunch of sad people and just a terrible place to be, but that’s not what it’s like here. Everybody’s upbeat, positive, smiling.”
These halls are filled with more hope than I could ever describe," said Hadley’s mom, Brittany.
St. Jude has helped push the childhood cancer survival rate from 20% when we opened to 80% today. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
Hadley was placed on chemotherapy, and turned 3 years old during treatment. She’s a chatty tot and “a little firecracker,” according to her dad.
Her mom said, “I can't tell you how many times she's caught me crying and told me, ‘Mom, don't worry, it's going to be okay.’ She has zero fear, and part of that is her age, but part of that's just Hadley. She's fearless, she's happy all the time, she thrives on making people laugh, she loves music and animals, and colors, and singing and dancing, and she's just a really fun kid.”
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