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At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Zabdi’s treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of soft tissue cancer, includes chemotherapy and radiation therapy. He’s a gregarious teen who enjoys the outdoors, plays soccer and the trumpet and enjoys studying things. He also loves technology. Zabdi has acclimated well to being at St. Jude. He likes his doctors and nurses, and the fact that St. Jude has so much for the patients to do. “There are movies and video games and events,” he said. “You can forget about your treatment and enjoy yourself.”


When Zabdi was little, his family lived in Mexico. They moved to Texas when he was in fourth grade. “I had to learn English,” Zabdi said. He worked hard at learning the new language and perfecting it. “I’ve always told Zabdi he should challenge himself, to never settle,” said his mom, Gaby. “Instead of staying ‘this can’t be done,’ say ‘this can be done.’”

Cost to family: $0

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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.

Any amount helps St. Jude kids

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Approximately 75% of our budgeted costs are covered by public contributions.

Our goal: 100% survival

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St. Jude has helped push the childhood cancer survival rate from less than 20% when we opened to 80% today. We won't stop until no child dies from cancer.