9 years old
craniopharyngioma (brain tumor)
In 2014, Macey’s family learned she suffered from craniopharyngioma, an aggressive non-cancerous brain tumor. She received treatment at a local hospital, but when the tumor recurred a year later, Macey’s family obtained a referral to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® for her continuing treatment. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and they won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
At St. Jude, Macey’s treatment included proton therapy and radiation therapy. “Macey’s treatment at St. Jude was cutting-edge,” said her mom, Courtney. Macey now visits St. Jude for regular checkups and loves reading, swimming and playing with her sisters.
Runners who fundraise for St. Jude while training for their race are called St. Jude Heroes, and they’re helping kids, like Macey. 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.
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