St Jude Patient of the Month
Four-year-old Jameria and her great-grandmother were baking a cake together on New Year’s Eve 2012 when they learned Jameria’s leg pain was due to cancer.
“I was letting her hold the mixer,” said her great-grandmother nearly a year later. “I haven’t baked a cake since.”
Jameria suffered from rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive soft tissue tumor that can arise virtually anywhere in the body. Just a week after her diagnosis, Jameria became a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where her treatment included surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. As for Jameria’s treatment team, her great-grandmother calls them “the best crew to have.”
St. Jude creates more clinical trials for cancer than any other children’s hospital, which is why the world looks to St. Jude for new and better ways to treat childhood cancer. And 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.
These days, Jameria has finished treatment and is doing well, returning monthly to St. Jude for checkups. She recently acquired a new friend — a guinea pig named La La Loopsy. And Jameria and her great-grandmother have started baking again.
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