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Pepe and his mom

Pepe after treatment, with his mom, Tiffany.


Facing cancer as a family

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When Pepe developed a cough that wouldn’t go away, doctors thought it was pneumonia.

After Pepe started having difficulty breathing, the family returned to the hospital.

Patient Pepe in the hospital

A CT scan revealed a cancerous tumor called neuroblastoma.

Pepe's doctors recommended St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

A cancer diagnosis might be an unfamiliar concept to a lot of families, but Pepe's was already familiar with the realities.

Pepe and his aunt hug

Pepe with his aunt, Heather, who was also treated at St. Jude.


His aunt, Heather, was treated for cancer at St. Jude just a year before.


Families, like Pepe’s, will never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything.

Pepe's family

Just when we thought that everything had passed, my grandson was diagnosed.

Pepe’s grandmother, Sonia

  1. But they've weathered Pepe’s treatment as a family with St. Jude by their side.

    Pepe's family has a picnic in the park

    Pepe hopes to be a police officer or basketball player when he grows up. 

    “When I found out that he had cancer, I didn't know if he would be able to achieve his dream,” said his mom, Tiffany.

    Pepe blowing bubbles in the park

    Pepe is out of treatment now and returns to St. Jude for checkups.


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