Meet St. Jude patient Smyrna from Illinois

St Jude PatientStories_Smyrna


Smyrna loves to cook, create art and play piano. In 2018, she experienced headaches and nausea, at first once a week, then nearly every day. When tests revealed Smyrna had medulloblastoma, her family turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.


Smyrna’s treatment will include radiation therapy and chemotherapy. “At St. Jude, I don’t have to worry about anything, only about Smyrna,” said her mom. “We have a place to stay and families we’ve become friends with. We miss home, but we’re grateful and thankful for St. Jude.”


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 won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.


Runners who fundraise for St. Jude while training for their race are called St. Jude Heroes, and they’re helping kids, like Smyrna. 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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