I've signed up for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, and I need you to help me reach my fundraising goal. I've signed up for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, and I need you to help me reach my fundraising goal.
February 1, 2016 was the day that my family's world turned upside down. My husband Tim and I found out that our 2-1/2 year old son Lucien had CANCER...
Lucien was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma (Rb) - a rare type of cancer that forms in the retina (the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye). Rb usually occurs in children younger than 5 years and may be in one eye or in both eyes. In some cases the disease is inherited from a parent. The disease accounts for only 2-3% of pediatric cancers, with 200-300 children being affected each year in the United States.
We quickly found that Lucien's tumor consumed more than 50% of his left eye, he had very little to no vision in that eye, there was underlying retinal detatchment, and that he had hundreds of "seeds" floating in his eye. (The seeds occur when large tumors detach from the retina and break into smaller tumors, called vitreous seeds. Floating in the vitreous, these seeds are very difficult to treat.) February 19th, Lucien had surgery to remove his left eye (enucleation). By removing his left eye, we later found out that all of the cancer was removed and that the Rb had not spread. We were also blessed to find out in April that the genetic testing proved that Lucien's unilateral Retinoblastoma was not hereditary.
No one should have to hear that their loved one has CANCER, let alone a parent.
While Lucien was not treated there, our family has long been proud supporters of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and we desperately want to see an end to childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is where doctors send their toughest cases, because it has world's best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancer.
Join me, and help the kids of St. Jude win the fight — we won't stop until no child dies from cancer.
How your support helps St. Jude patients and kids all over the world:
- Our research labs may not be in your community, but our discoveries are: St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
- Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
- Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened in 1962.