Meet St. Jude patient Lizzy from Missouri

Last fall, Lizzy developed a limp. At first, her parents brushed it off, assuming she’d been roughhousing with her brother. But then she fell on her knee and screamed out in pain. Her parents immediately took Lizzy to the pediatrician, who ordered a biopsy. The results were devastating: Lizzy had a type of bone cancer called osteosarcoma in her right knee.

The family turned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® for her treatment and care. At St. Jude, Lizzy had a limb-sparing surgery, during which five inches of cancerous bone was removed and replaced with a prosthetic in her knee. Her continuing treatment includes chemotherapy and physical therapy.

Runners who fundraise for St. Jude while training for their race are called St. Jude Heroes, and they’re helping kids, like Lizzy. The funds raised by Heroes help ensure 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.

“St. Jude is a beam of hope,” said Lizzy’s dad. “St. Jude provides hope. That’s why we’re here.” Lizzy likes reading and writing. When she grows up, she wants to work at St. Jude.

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