TUPELO, Miss (WTVA) -- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital helps children all around the world and here at home.
Many local families benefit from the amazing work and treatment St. Jude offers.
And one family from Belmont, Mississippi, is pretty thankful for all St. Jude has done for them and their little girl
“Playing with my barbie swimming pool," Londyn said.
Eight-year old Londyn loves all things sweet and girly, but don’t let the unicorn and sparkly bow fool you.
“Next weekend we are going camping. They have little frogs that just turned into frogs from tadpoles. Guess we are going to catch them. We pick them up with sticks,” Londyn said.
Two years ago, camping was out of the question for Londyn.
In February 2018, she woke up with her eye protruding.
Doctors discovered an 11.8 centimeter mass behind her eye.
“We went straight to St. Jude the next day and that’s when they diagnosed it as stage 4 neuroblastoma. High risk cancer,” Justin, Londyn's father, said.
High risk because Londyn was five and neuroblastoma usually happens in babies. Her survival rate was 40 percent.
She had chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, radiation, maintenance chemotherapy and to this day the tumor is still there.
"The doctors at St. Jude have done so much. It went from 11.8 centimeter or 4.5 inches to the size of a sweet pea. It's so small and minute,” Justin said.
“They helped me get better a lot,” Londyn said.
And thanks to generous donations, Londyn’s family will never see a bill.
And you can make that happen by reserving a ticket to the St. Jude Dream Home.
“We go off and say it's $100 for a chance to win a house, but you’ve already won in our book because that’s a $100 that your taking a chance and giving to these kids lives at St. Jude just like our little girl,” Justin said.
And this little girl doesn’t have plans on growing up to fast, but when she does she wants to be a nurse.
Can you guess where?
“Now that I know everything at St. Jude. I wanna work at st. Jude," Londyn said.
There are so many families with stories just like Londyn’s. And you can be a part of that story by getting your ticket to the St. Jude Dream Home.
Tickets are $100 and can be reserved by calling 1-800-456-8351 or going to dreamhome.org.