One year ago today, January 11, 2020, my then 5 year old nephew was diagnosed with Wilm's Tumor, a type of pediatric kidney cancer. My family, and especially Hudson's, world was flipped upside down. He was taken from Bloomington to Peoria for surgery to remove his kidney and place a chemo port, and spent 11 days in the hospital. Because we are fortunate to have the Midwest St. Jude affiliate an hour away, he was able to return home while undergoing daily radiation treatment. He then completed weekly chemo finishing in August when Hudson "kicked cancer to the moon". Through it all, Hudson never lost his outgoing personality and goofiness. His last scans came back good and his chemo port was removed shortly after his 6th birthday in September 2020.
St. Jude not only covers the medical expenses, but also does groundbreaking research, so that one day childhood cancer will be a thing of the past. Until then, please help me support the amazing work they do to save kids like Hudson! If you have the pleasure of meeting Hudson now, you likely will not know he had cancer and will need to be on your toes as Huds is a smart and active boy who loves meeting everyone (especially if you're a fellow Cubs fan or video game player).
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.
St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer, and neither will I. Will you support me by making a donation?