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St. Jude Series

The State of Pediatric Cancer

James R. Downing, MD | Posted 09.30.2016 | Impact
James R. Downing, MD

Each month, I hold a special gathering for patients and their families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to hear about their experiences and ho...

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital saved my life twice

Debbie Childs Coolman | Posted 09.20.2016 | Impact
Debbie Childs Coolman

Some of the most challenging moments in my life have been when I've faced the unknown. I was 14 years old when I learned I had cancer, but the scari...

Let’s end childhood cancer. Together.

Richard Shadyac Jr. | Posted 09.02.2016 | Impact
Richard Shadyac Jr.

This year the parents of nearly 16,000 children in the United States will hear these devastating words: Your child has cancer. No one should hear thos...

Learning to Live With Sickle Cell Disease

Justin Flowers | Posted 09.29.2016 | Impact
Justin Flowers

A pain crisis is hard to put into words. Every person with sickle cell disease describes it differently. For me, it is a sharp, excruciating pain that runs throughout my entire body.

Is Cancer in the Family Tree?

Kim Nichols, M.D. | Posted 09.22.2016 | Impact
Kim Nichols, M.D.

It is estimated that nearly 10 percent of children with cancer have the disease because, like Megan, they carry predisposing gene mutations. That percentage may be even higher, because some children carry genetic mutations that have not yet been identified.

Six Words That Shattered Our World

Connie Cruthirds | Posted 09.16.2016 | Impact
Connie Cruthirds

How does one sleep when the to-do list has been wiped clean except for one task "save my son's life?"

How I -- as a Pediatric Cancer Survivor -- Became a Practitioner and Returned to St. Jude

Dr. Jason Schwartz | Posted 09.10.2016 | Impact
Dr. Jason Schwartz

After two-and-a-half years of treatment, I made the important transition from cancer patient to cancer survivor. My experience made me realize that I wanted to be a doctor and help children through their cancer journeys.

A Parent's Perspective on Letting Go of The Emotional Baggage of Childhood Cancer

Kathy Hagen | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Kathy Hagen

I took a deep breath and pondered a moment. I also wanted to answer with enthusiasm and from a place of peace, but honestly, I struggle with letting go of the emotional baggage that we have accumulated along John's journey with childhood cancer. So I responded with a heavy heart, "I'm trying."

From Bolivia to Memphis: The Long Road to Beating Bone Cancer

Gabriela Salinas | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Gabriela Salinas

recently asked my mother what it felt like to hear those words from the doctors. She told me she has never felt so helpless. She said she could not believe her child was going to die, not because a treatment did not exist, but because she did not have the money to pay for it.

Aspiring Neurosurgeon Survives Brain Cancer

Dr. Lisa T. Williams | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Dr. Lisa T. Williams

There wasn't much of that interview he remembered, but the one question that stuck out in his mind was what type of doctor he wanted to be when he grew up. "I want to be a pediatric neurosurgeon," he answered. Four days later, the first headache came.

Tale of Two Futures: Mom Reflects On Childhood Cancer

Tamiko Toland | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Tamiko Toland

So many of these "hopeless" cases have returned home with buoyant grins and newly sprouting hair. Others have slipped beyond their parents' grasp, where a mother's final hope is that researchers can learn from her child's disease and save others in the future.