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Three Acadiana women share the gift of life through the work of St. Jude

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Brittany is a nurse. She's also a St. Jude patient. She knows well what it's like to be on the receiving end of medical procedures, but those days are hopefully behind her now.

She and Ella both underwent bone marrow transplants five years ago, just months apart. Brittany was 19 at the time. Ella was seven and doesn't remember much. Ella is doing well now and is ready to start school at Opelousas Catholic as a normal eighth grader.

Both girls edured a grueling chemo protocol before their bone marrow transplants, and both are here today because of St. Jude.

So is Hailey. She was in the fourth grade when she was diagnosed with leukemia and underwent two and a half years of chemotherapy treatment. The chemo affected Hailey's bones, mainly her hips. She's had to make some adjustments. Instead of sports, she likes art and computers, and is learning to play piano. Like Ella and Brittany, she visits St. Jude in Memphis once a year for check-ups.

Her mom Michelle says each visit still makes her nervous until they hear the words "all clear." But she knows whatever happens, faith and St. Jude will get them through.

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