When Olivia's parents noticed something was wrong, they saw her pediatrician and ran some tests.
Your entire world can be shattered in the few minutes it takes for a blood test to be run.
Kacie, Olivia's mom
The labs revealed that she had a type of blood cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer.
After obtaining a referral from Olivia's doctor, they traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for treatment.
St. Jude opened its doors on February 4, 1962, based on founder Danny Thomas's dream that "no child should die in the dawn of life."
Olivia’s parents were St. Jude supporters before her diagnosis, but even their expectations have been surpassed.
No matter what, families will never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything.
The once-shy girl has bonded with her caregivers and blossomed.
According to her mom, "She has decided that she wants to be a line nurse.” Olivia loves to practice on her medical port doll, which children at St. Jude receive to help them understand and normalize their treatment.
When her twin brother had his tonsils removed, Olivia wanted to be there as his nurse.
If you ask her if she’s sick, she says, ‘No, I just have leukemia.’ It doesn’t stop her.
—Kacie, Olivia's Mom
St. Jude has the highest rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.