7 years old
Toward the end of the 2014 school year, Kapri seemed to have stomach a virus. But then one day in June, she became unresponsive. Her mother, Rebecca, rushed her to the emergency room, where a scan revealed a mass on Kapri’s brain. The little girl was airlifted to another hospital for emergency surgery to remove the tumor—a medulloblastoma—but there were other cancerous lesions in her head and along her spine.
While Kapri recovered, her father researched St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. “We had friends saying, ‘If she has cancer, you go to St. Jude,’” remembered Rebecca. “I wanted to stay close to home, but my husband realized St. Jude was the place we needed to be.”
Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
Kapri’s treatment at St. Jude included radiation therapy and chemotherapy. She has now completed treatment and is doing well. She participates in physical therapy and returns to St. Jude for regular checkups.