When Dominic’s parents learned he had a rare brain tumor called an atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (ATRT), they turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® for his care. 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.
Dominic’s treatment at St. Jude has included chemotherapy and radiation therapy. He’s a huge Star Wars fan and loves to run through the hospital’s hallways with an imaginary light saber, pretending he’s a Jedi. Dominic is an outgoing kid who loves his Child Life specialist and his occupational and physical therapists.
Runners who fundraise for St. Jude while training for their race are called St. Jude Heroes, and they’re helping kids, like Dominic. 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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