St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital cures six-month-old of brain tumor

MEMPHIS, TN (WSAV) – A family shares their story of courage and hope after years spent at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Stephen Hackett’s eldest son was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was only six months old.

“A diagnosis like this makes you feel isolated from your friends and family,” Hackett said.

He described it as a rough few years for his family.

“Our son learned to take his first steps in St. Jude and that was a place where we practiced,” Hackett said. “Once he was big enough to walk around alone, he was just like any other kid.”

But after undergoing chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, Hackett’s son is happy, healthy and cancer-free 12 years later.

He says it’s all thanks to the team of oncologists at the research hospital.

“Throughout that whole process, we met the most wonderful people in St. Jude, nurses who looked after him with chemo and people who worked in the cafeteria on campus,” Hackett said. “Everyone is there because they love these kids and the mission.”

Hackett says that when you make a donation to St. Jude, your support goes further than you may think.

“When you donate, whether it’s a ticket to the dream home or something else, you’re not just paying for things like chemotherapy and MRIs and canteen snacks, but you’re giving us as patient families, you’re giving us leeway to focus to the well-being of your child and your family and get through it together without the looming despair of massive medical bills.”

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