For several months on and off, Damien was unwell. He was often nauseous or sick to his stomach. At first, it seemed as though he had the stomach flu or was developing food allergies. But when Damien started to lose his balance and experience headaches, his parents began to worry it was something far more serious. In September 2014, tests confirmed their fears: Damien had a brain tumor identified as a medulloblastoma. His family turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, where Damien’s treatment included surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. 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. Damien recently finished treatment and will visit St. Jude for regular checkups. “He’s outgoing and inquisitive,” said his dad. Damien likes basketball and playing video games. He’s also a fan of older cartoons like Scooby-Doo and He-Man.
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