Brody's summer has included riding his bike to the park every day with his buddies, swimming, boating and fishing. "St. Jude is an amazing place," Brody's mom says. "It's life-changing."
Between hiking in the mountains and preparing for a dance recital, Kaylee's summer has been busy - and fun!
Tyler's summer has been out of this world! He attended a week-long space camp and even met an astronaut. Tyler said the experience was awesome. What awesome thing have you done this summer?
Claire is finished with treatment and back home. “I often think of one year ago; Claire came so near to death and her future was so unclear,” said her mom. “Then I look at her now; so full of life and joy and health, with no detectable cancer and no serious side effects.”
Thanks to this awesome group of content creators for stopping by to play video games with our patients during this year’s St. Jude @youtube Summit! 🎮
Say hello to St. Jude patient Quincy! Just like a lot of other kids, Quincy is getting ready to head back to school after having a ton of summer fun. Head to our story to check out some of the exciting things he did.
Luigi recently completed treatment for a cancerous brain tumor and is now all about savoring summer in the city.
Recently, @williamssonoma took the kids of St. Jude on a “trip around the world” with face painting, flag-themed crafts, and international foods 🌎 Thank you Williams-Sonoma, Inc. for your 15 years of partnership!
George and his family spent part of summer vacation kayaking - in Galway, Ireland! "It was our first trip overseas as a family," George's mom said. "It was a blast."
St. Jude patient Bryce and his sister, Chloe, are excited to go fishing this summer. Here's hoping they catch a big one!
Happy Fourth of July from Mikey and all the kids of St. Jude!
In 2016, Lucas was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, and his family traveled from Chile to St. Jude for his treatment. Today, Lucas is back home and cancer-free. "Lucas is our little treasure," his mom says. "To see him today, riding his bike, laughing, surfing on the beaches in Chile, these are gifts from St. Jude." While he was in treatment, Lucas wanted a dog, and his family recently added a puppy named Lily.
This summer, Tyler had a dream come true when he attended space camp. He got to meet astronauts, learn about rocket science and spend time at mission control. "Learning about space was the best," Tyler said.
Today the kids of St. Jude spent time meeting players from @tuzosoficial! ¡Gracias por apoyar a los niños de St. Jude!
Ari’Yanna became a patient at St. Jude shortly after she was born, when tests revealed she had #sicklecelldisease, an inherited blood disorder that causes red blood cells to become hard and sickle-shaped, instead of soft and round. Sickle cell disease can cause pain crises, pneumonia and organ damage. At St. Jude, Ari’Yanna’s treatment includes daily penicillin and hydroxyurea, a medication that causes the body to produce healthy cells. She also has monthly appointments with her care team. “Every visit we learn something new,” said Ari’Yanna’s mom, D’Yana. “They talk about sickle cell and the warning signs of pain crises.” A pain crisis is an episode of bone pain that can arise from causes such as infection and dehydration. For this reason, Ari’Yanna’s family knows to monitor her temperature and water intake closely—and to look for nonverbal signs that Ari’Yanna might not be well. D’Yana has also learned to help her daughter cope with the emotions that could arise from having a serious condition. “I was scared when she was diagnosed,” said D’Yana. “But St. Jude is wonderful. They help relieve the stress for both parents and patients.” Ari’Yanna is a happy, sweet-natured little girl. She loves to watch Paw Patrol, plays with her siblings and dance. #WorldSickleCellDay
Elechi's got the world in her hands! She's undergoing treatment for sickle cell disease, but she's not letting it slow her down. "Elechi loves playing soccer and hanging out with her friends," says her mom. "She doesn't let anything hold her back." Elechi's summer plans include visiting Nigeria and Tanzania with her family.
Thanks to our partner @brooksbrothers for bringing a morning of fashionable fun to the kids of St. Jude! It was a ‘tie’ as to what the best part was – creating pictures frames for dad or designing ties!
"For us, St. Jude means faith, hope and love," says Angel's mother, Maria. "Thanks to St. Jude, I have my little Angel with me."
Josiah has been through a lot in his young life, and he continues to face more challenges than most. But, as his photos attest, he has no shortage of joy. Now 3 years old, he is still receiving chemotherapy and is on track to finish cancer treatment this spring. “He gets excited when I tell him we’re going to St. Jude for appointments,” says his mom, Amanda.
"Von is definitely a class clown," his mom says. "Even when he's not trying to be funny, he's funny." Von loves the play rooms at St. Jude and all the fun things to do between appointments. His mom loves the care he receives. "St. Jude is a special place," she says. "St. Jude gave us hope."
It was an exciting night under the big top for the teens of St. Jude and their siblings—one that featured red-carpet entrances, a full dance floor and plenty of vintage circus-themed whimsy. Thanks to our generous partners @carnival, @dillards, @stage, @clairesstores, @brooksbrothers, @shawfloors and @lancomeofficial for helping make this night so special!
Happy Mother's Day from Woods, his mom Ashley and all the families of St. Jude!
Last month, the kids of St. Jude got a special visit from some fast friends -- @supercrosslive athletes @vannman214, @kyle_swanson, @greco976, @elhombre21 and @ryandungey. This weekend, you can bid on custom Supercross gear, with all proceeds benefitting St. Jude. Full details: www.supercrosslive.com/stjude
Olivia and Natalie are stepsisters. They're 13 years old and in the seventh grade. And they're both patients at St. Jude, where they're undergoing treatment for the same type of bone cancer. "The girls help each other out. They're battle buddies," said Olivia's mom. "They keep each other upbeat."
We're so excited to be hosting our annual #StJudePLAYLIVE Summit on campus this weekend! Our patients loved playing video games, eating snacks and building LEGO kits with our awesome St. Jude PLAY LIVE supporters today.
Happy #EarthDay from the kids of St. Jude! Take time to stop and smell the flowers today.
“Being a St Jude volunteer has utterly changed my life. By participating in a charity that is impacting and saving children’s lives it has made me realize how important it is to give back to the community and to help an organization that is truly impacting our future generations," said volunteer Jake from Michigan. Thanks to Jake and all of our wonderful volunteers we are celebrating this #NationalVolunteerWeek. We are so grateful for your endless support of our mission: Finding cures. Saving children.
Today's #NationalVolunteerWeek spotlight features Holly, who volunteers in Minneapolis. "Being a volunteer means the ability to graciously give my time and utilize my resources to raise awareness and fundraise for the families and kids at St. Jude. It means providing hope to families that have found themselves in a hopeless time. It means supporting the mission to find cures and save children, so that one day those families can wheel their kiddo in the red wagon out the front door, and back home, cancer free!"
Before being diagnosed with leukemia in 2017, Ellee learned about St. Jude by participating in the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon. This 35 year-old program teaches preschool-aged children trike and riding safety while they raise funds to support kids just like them. During #WeekoftheYoungChild, we celebrate programs like Trike-A-Thon for providing decades of support to St. Jude kids like Ellee.
To celebrate #NationalVolunteerWeek, we would like to highlight some of our dedicated volunteers! Volunteer Steph from D.C. says, "Volunteering for St. Jude has been one of the biggest and most rewarding experiences of my life. Knowing that what we do goes so much further than just raising money for a cause; it helps bring awareness to pediatric cancer and Danny Thomas' mission of Finding Cures. Savings Children and that is exactly what volunteering for St. Jude does- we are helping save children and ensure that they grow up to live their best lives."
Zoey and her newborn sister, Eva, got a cold in October 2018. Eva kicked it. Zoey didn’t. Bloodwork indicated she had much more than a cold — she had leukemia. “We found out on Tuesday, and by Thursday, we were on the road to St. Jude,” said their mom. “It was a whirlwind, especially with a month-old baby.” Social, outgoing Zoey is currently receiving chemotherapy, and is as playful as ever.
Brandon passed away from a cancerous brain tumor in 2007. “St. Jude gave us more time with Brandon because of cutting-edge research and treatment,” his mom, Mesah, said. “Brandon was an old soul who taught me to live with purpose, to give back for those who may not be able to.” Mesah shares Brandon’s St. Jude story during radiothons, Dream Home events and dinners. “I share our story with the world so no other child has to die in the dawn of their life,” she said.
Chloe and her twin sister, Hanna, are always on the go: they compete on a local swim team, take golf lessons and love to hover board. “At St. Jude, miracles happen,” said the girls’ mom. “We see that every day.” Chloe has been out of treatment for six years, and her most recent set of scans were clear.
Today is #NationalPuppyDay, and we are celebrating by highlighting some of our four-legged St. Jude supporters! Share photos of yourself or a furry friend wearing the shirt, and make sure to tag @stjude and use #ThisShirtSavesLives!
Last month, St. Jude patient Mack traveled to NBA All Star where he met his favorite Memphis Grizzlies player, Mike Conley, and several NBA Mascots! Check out our story to learn more about Mack!
Look who stopped by for a tour! Actor @joel_courtney, star of @netflix show #thekissingbooth. Thanks Joel, for taking time to visit with the kids of St. Jude!
After St. Jude saved the life of their firstborn son, Josiah, Stephen and Merri decided to name their youngest child after the hospital. Here, Merri accepts a hug from Jude moments after sharing her story with St. Jude fundraisers. “Josiah wanted to be here, but he couldn’t miss his pizza party at school!” Merri explained.