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The Little Diva With A Big Tumor – St. Jude Kids

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Meet Camryn, one of the incredible St. Jude kids who faced devastating circumstances and beat them. 

In January 2011, this pretty little girl, who goes by the nickname “Diva,” woke up screaming and clutching her side. Her parents thought she had appendicitis and took her to the emergency room. The doctors were about to give her the same diagnosis, but a CT scan found several tumors on her right kidney and a big tumor on her left kidney.

Doctors quickly referred her to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where Camryn received numerous treatments including chemotherapy, surgery to remove her tumors and radiation. The amazing thing is that the St. Jude doctors were able to keep her kidneys functioning throughout the process so that she never needed dialysis.

Camryn was frightened at first, but after talking with the Child Life Specialist at the hospital, she was able to understand her disease. So when folks asked her why she didn’t have any hair, she could tell them that it is because of the medicine that “gets the bad stuff out of my belly.”

Now Camryn is done with her treatment and returns to St. Jude for regular checkups. So what’s she up to these days? She’s writing her own songs, cheering for the Tomcats, dancing and singing. And she’s making plans too. This gorgeous first-grader wants to be a dance teacher when she grows up.

Won’t you help give other children with catastrophic pediatric diseases a future? Become a Partner In Hope today and other kids like Camryn can beat cancer and live happy, productive lives.


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