Former St. Jude patient represents amazing grace

Published: Apr. 8, 2022 at 8:31 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - If gymnasts represent grace under pressure, this former gymnast represents amazing grace.

”I guess it just started as something my mom used to call me, and I guess it just made perfect sense,” former St. Jude patient Grace said.

At seven years old, doctors diagnosed Grace with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, which attacks roughly 500 children in the U.S. each year.

”The week before the diagnosis I was running a high-grade fever, no energy whatsoever, was coming up with random bruises,” Grace said.

Cancer studies at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have pioneered the way the world treats childhood leukemia.

Grace’s treatments included chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.

”It worked! It was a miracle. I had less than a 20% chance of survival and the bone marrow transplant was a last ditch effort to do anything, something. And it worked. So very, very thankful to be here,” Grace said.

Thanks to generous St. Jude donors, Grace’s family never received a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food while in doctor’s care.

Supporters of campaigns like the Dream Home Giveaway give patients and their families the ability to focus solely on survival.

”One of the cool things that I think about St. Jude is not only does their research go towards these kids that they’re helping at the hospital, but their research goes all around the world. So not only are you helping families that are affected locally, but you’re helping the world,” Grace said.

For Grace, the treatment she received at St. Jude was her saving grace, and she looks forward to celebrating her 19th birthday this fall, cancer free.

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