Current-day addyson seems like a totally different girl than the one who arrived at st. jude in 2016 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. back then, addyson and her mom were both terrified. “in the beginning, it was very scary,” said her mom. “but st. jude has taken the scary part out of it.” addyson, with a year of chemotherapy still to go, has come out of her shell. she enjoys bowling, singing, board games, ravioli and chatting.
St. jude patient charley was leading a fundraising team for up 'til dawn when she was diagnosed with non-hodgkin lymphoma and became a st. jude patient herself. a recent set of scans showed no sign of cancer. now a sophomore in college, she plans to pursue a psychology degree so she can become a child life specialist.
When caleb was 5 years old, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and started treatment at st. jude. now 18 years old and 10 years out of treatment, caleb recently graduated from high school and plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in nursing.
Inspired by her care team at st. jude, bertha wants to be a music therapist and a child life specialist. “being at st. jude made me realize there is hope,” said bertha. “st. jude has helped me find my purpose. i want to help others the way others have helped me.”
St. jude patient felicity is aptly named; she has been described as 'happiness incarnate.' felicity shares a birthday with st. jude founder danny thomas, so this year she celebrated her 1st birthday on the same day staff commemorated danny's birth.
Eight-year-old cameron loves superheroes and considers his necessary medical devices to be hero apparatuses. cameron finished treatment for medulloblastoma at st. jude last summer and returns for checkups.
Jordyn is a competitive gymnast. in 2014, when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, gymnastics took a back seat while she underwent chemotherapy. now, jordyn is finished with treatment and back in the gym. at a recent competition, she won three gold medals.
When st. jude patient landon was 2 years old, he was diagnosed with sarcoma and acute myeloid leukemia. about 16 months after he was treated, another lump appeared on his neck. his family took him to st. jude, where he's currently undergoing treatment. landon loves cars, trucks, construction equipment, and being outside as much as possible.
St. jude patient griffin (right) is just a few minutes younger than his identical twin brother. “griffin’s the true baby of the family," griffin's mom says. "when we found out he had cancer, it was devastating.” now, griffin is out of treatment and visits st. jude for regular checkups.
Anna was planning her 16th birthday party when the doctor called. her blood test showed acute myeloid leukemia. in that moment, the focus changed from celebrating her birthday to living to see it. but for anna, life is never just about surviving. so recently, while undergoing cancer treatment, she had her long-awaited sweet 16 party in the newly-renovated dining room at target house, with all her friends from home who traveled in for the day to catch up and celebrate.
"every day that we get is a blessing, and this is all more than i prayed for," tam's dad says. "receiving all these blessings, the treatment at st. jude and everything they offer us — my wife and i finally got the relief we were looking for.”
Karique gets his love of dancing from his father. but that’s not all they have in common. like his doting dad before him, karique has retinoblastoma. “i thought he was going to have to go through all the same things i went through,” his dad says. but chances are good that, with the treatment he is receiving at st. jude, karique will be able to keep both eyes and experience fewer lasting effects than his father did. one thing is certain. cancer has not kept karique from dancing.
Treatments invented at st. jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. we won't stop until no child dies from cancer.
When kadie was 4 years old, her life transformed when she was diagnosed with cancer, and she became a st. jude patient. last october, kadie was surprised with a proposal at the place that helped save her life.