St. Jude

Ephraim

16 years old

Arizona

medulloblastoma (brain cancer)

 

Meet St. Jude patient Ephraim from Arizona

In May 2016, while on a family vacation, Ephraim started having severe headaches and felt extremely sick. Tests at a local emergency room revealed Ephraim had a mass on his brain, identified as a type of brain cancer called medulloblastoma. Ephraim’s family turned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, where he underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy. 

“Being here and never having to worry about ever receiving a bill gives me strength,” said Ephraim’s mother, Lynn. “St. Jude is like heaven on earth.” Ephraim has drawn meaning from his experience. “I’m so grateful we came to St. Jude,” he said. “This experience has taught me to have faith and be thankful.”

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