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Apr 8, 2014 9:00 AM by Tracy Wirtz

St. Jude Patient Lives On Through Research

Rebecca Vidrine's son James was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called renal rabdoid tumor when he was 19-months-old. The doctors at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital told Rebecca and her husband he may only have six months to live. They began a chemotherapy protocol that actually worked. After six months, James showed no signs of cancer and they were able to return home.

However, six months later, the cancer returned. A subsequent treatment had no effect and the cancer grew. The family returned home, with James on hospice care. He passed away three weeks after his third birthday in January of 2010.

Rebecca says she knows St. Jude did everything they could for James. She knows they explored every option available to cure the very rare, aggressive cancer that claimed James' life.

As time went on, she also learned that St. Jude keeps samples from each patients' tumors as far back as 20 years so they can continue researching to find not only a cure for each individual child, but for every cancer. Their hope is the same expressed by founder Danny Thomas. No child should die in the dawn of life.

You can help make sure the research continues so no parent has to hear, "you're child only has six months to live." Reserve your ticket for the 2014 Acadiana St. Jude Dream Home today. Call 1-800-724-1918 or click here to buy online.

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