Meet St. Jude Patient Nathan
When Nathan was born, his doctors discovered he had two different types of blood cancer at the same time. He became a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® when he was 10 days old. He was enrolled in a research trial called TINI, or Total Therapy for Infants I, which drove his cancer into remission. But remission didn’t last. When it was determined Nathan needed a bone marrow transplant, his big brother Anderson was found to be a perfect match.
The transplant was successful, but severe medication side effects landed Nathan in the ICU, and then his leukemia relapsed a second time in October 2017, not long before his 1st birthday. He continues to fight. “He has every reason in the world to complain, but he doesn’t,” said his dad. “He’s a very content, happy baby who loves to play and smile.”
Runners who fundraise for St. Jude while training for their race are called St. Jude Heroes, and they’re helping kids, like Nathan. 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.