Meet John

 During the spring of 2016, John started having difficulty breathing and soon developed a constant discharge from his nose. Throughout the summer, his parents, Elizabeth and Justin, would take the young boy to the doctor, but the symptoms wouldn’t disappear. The family ultimately visited an ENT, who ordered a CT scan. That’s when doctors discovered a rare cancerous tumor in John’s nasal canal called mesenchymal chondrosarcoma.

After undergoing surgery to remove most of the tumor, John and his family were referred to St. Jude, where John’s treatment included chemotherapy and proton therapy. “The proton therapy was instrumental to saving his life,” said Elizabeth.

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened 50 years ago. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. John completed treatment in 2017 and now returns to St. Jude for regular checkup appointments. John is a fun, active boy who loves baseball and riding the tractor at his family’s farm.

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