In June 2017, Tammy’s parents, Tien and Alice, learned their son had a cancerous brain tumor called an anaplastic ependymoma. After Tammy underwent surgery to resect the tumor, his parents turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® for Tammy’s 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 more than 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. At St. Jude, Tammy’s treatment included proton therapy and chemotherapy. “At St. Jude, they take care of everything,” Tien said. “There’s a sense of community here.” Tien describes Tammy as a brave, curious and inquisitive boy. Tammy loves going to the zoo, where he likes to visit the camels and monkeys.
Runners who fundraise for St. Jude while training for their race are called St. Jude Heroes, and they’re helping kids, like Tammy. 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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