Honored Kid

Jude S.

Age 6
Jude S. Kid Photo

Location

Saint Paul, MN, US

Diagnosis

Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

October 2014

Status

In treatment

Treated At

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

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My Story

Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure. Jude was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 2 months old. He has a low grade Astrocytoma in the center of his brain; in the  Thalamus and  Pineal region. Due to the location of the tumor it cannot be removed with surgery. At the time of his diagnosis the tumor had grown to obstruct the outflow of the cerebral spinal fluid of his brain causing significant swelling on his brain called obstructive Hydrocephalus. The day after his diagnosis he underwent a brain surgery to obtain a biopsy of the tumor and to create an opening in his 3rd ventricle to relieve the pressure on his brain.  Unfortunately the pressure on his brain was not relieved and 5 days later Jude required another surgery to place a shunt in his brain, slowly the shunt has allowed the extra fluid on his brain to be shunted into his abdomen. In November of 2014, Jude started chemo therapy he was just 3 months old. He continues with chemo therapy for the next year. The last MRI showed that the chemo is working and that his tumor is smaller! Unfortunately as Jude has gotten older, the effects of the tumor are just being realized; he has difficulty with right sided weakness including having difficulty with using his right arm and hand.  Jude is an incredible 8 month old baby; he is happy and content never complaining about the tumor in his brain and all that comes with his diagnosis. He happily lives his life eating, sleeping, and playing with his older brothers. His smile is infectious and life-giving to everyone around him.

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