Meet St. Jude patient Gideon from Washington

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In 2013, Gideon had a red spot on his cheek removed. The doctor sent it for a biopsy and the results were shocking: Gideon had melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer that’s rare in children. Gideon was referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® for his treatment and care.

Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from everyday people, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation. “We were able to concentrate on Gideon,” said his mom. “We didn’t have to worry about anything else.” At St. Jude, Gideon underwent facial surgery to remove the affected portion of his cheek. Since that time, St. Jude doctors have found and removed new tumors from other areas.

Gideon will have to be vigilant against melanoma for the rest of his life. He’s an outgoing, active boy who loves playing video games and spending time with his family.

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