St. Jude patient Ashley

Ashley

2 years old
Tennessee
acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Right around Ashley’s second birthday, her parents, Patricia and Fernando, started noticing changes in their daughter’s behavior. They took her to the doctor several times, but each time they were told nothing was wrong. When a lab test showed Ashley had anemia, the doctor assured her family she would be fine.

But something didn’t sit right with Ashley’s dad. "I looked at my little girl. She’s always been smiling, but she stopped eating and didn’t want to walk," Fernando said. During a return trip to the hospital, blood work revealed Ashley suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Her parents were devastated. "Your whole world comes crashing down," said Fernando.

Ashley was immediately referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she started on a chemotherapy treatment plan that will last for two-and-a-half years. Ashley's family found comfort in the support provided by St. Jude. Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from everyday people, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most — saving kids regardless of their financial situation. "We’re so thankful for St. Jude," said Patricia. Ashley is responding well to treatment and her cancer is in remission. She’s an outgoing toddler who loves music and dancing.

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