Shawna is taking part in this year's relay team for the St. Jude Peoria Run. Please help her reach her fundraising goal for our son Jacob, also known as "Super Hero Jacob" and the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, who are battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Thanks to generous donors:
- 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.
- Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.
Jacob was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) Thursday, February 22nd, 2018. On Sunday, February 25th, the Nicholas family arrived at St Jude in Memphis, TN, so Jacob could start treatment Monday. We lived in Memphis until June 2018. In October 2018 our family moved from Neponset, IL to Dunlap so, Jacob could be close to a St Jude affiliate. There he has received weekly chemo treatments and has gone back to Memphis on multiple occasions for treatments and followups.
Jacobs type of Leukemia develops in the bone marrow, which is the soft, spongy center of the bones that produces the 3 major blood cells: white blood cells to fight infection, red blood cells that carry oxygen; and platelets that help blood clot and stop bleeding.
ALL is a cancer of the white blood cells, where too many abnormal white blood cells called "blasts" are found in the bone marrow. These "blasts" crowd out the normal blood cells in the bone marrow and spread to the blood. They can also spread to the brain, spinal cord, and /or other organs in the body.
St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer, and neither will I. Will you support me by making a donation?