4 years old
acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Mason’s parents were concerned when they noticed bruising on his back. He was also unusually pale. Bloodwork soon revealed Mason suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer.
Mason’s family arrived at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that night. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since it opened 50 years ago.
At St. Jude, Mason will undergo two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy. “Even though we knew what St. Jude was all about prior to Mason getting sick, it’s more than we ever would have expected,” said Mason’s mom, Kim. “He loves it here. That makes it easier for us, seeing a smile on his face even when he’s undergoing chemo.”
Mason is an outgoing kid. He loves to fish and likes riding his pony, being a big brother and playing outside.
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