Meet St. Jude Patient Jordyn
When Jordyn was 15 months old, the little girl passed out at the dinner table and went into cardiac arrest. Doctors learned she suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer. She underwent chemotherapy and radiation, and achieved remission. But, the fight was far from over. A genetic disorder in her leukemia cells increased the likelihood that the cancer would return. After more chemo and a bone marrow transplant did not produce a cure, Jordyn and her family were running out of options and hope.
It was November 2009, and Jordyn had been fighting cancer for seven years. Her parents were advised that their best option would be to take her home and give her the best quality of life for the time she had left. Her parents knew that without treatment, Jordyn would most likely pass away within four to six weeks. They were devastated.
Jordyn’s mom remembers thinking, “There’s got to be something else. There’s got to be something else.” And that’s when Jordyn’s parents began to notice the commercials on TV for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. One TV spot in particular featured Jennifer Aniston and a little girl who looked to be Jordyn’s age. St. Jude had helped save her life.
Her parents learned more about St. Jude. They found out the hospital had a protocol (treatment plan) for children with leukemia relapsed after bone marrow transplant. Her family obtained a referral.
St. Jude has developed a revolutionary transplant procedure and chemotherapy regimen that gave Jordyn another fighting chance. The procedure makes it possible for parents to donate bone marrow and cancer-fighting white blood cells even if they are not an exact match to the patient. Thanks to this breakthrough procedure, Jordyn’s father was able to donate cells to his daughter. The bone marrow transplant was a success.
St. Jude uses minimal residual disease technology to detect even trace amounts of cancer. These tests indicate that Jordyn is now in remission.
“She understands that this means we have another chance of life,” said Jordyn’s mother.
Jordyn loves coloring and painting. When she grows up, she wants to be a veterinarian or a doctor. In 2010, Jordyn co-starred in a commercial for St. Jude with Jennifer Aniston. In 2011, Jordyn joined the St. Jude Performance Team with her sister, Taylor. For the third year both girls will be performing on the 2014 Performance Team.
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