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St. Jude Story: 16-year-old Anna

16-year-old Anna was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.

Just getting through the day can be tough for children living with rare forms of leukemia.

FOX26 Ten O'clock News anchor Gia Vang talked with a teenage patient at Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital who is able to look beyond her cancer and into her future.

16-year-old Anna was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. "I didn’t even know what leukemia was whenever they first told me, so a lot of shock, but we tried to stay pretty optimistic in the beginning," said Anna.

Anna says despite the intense 8-months of treatment, the whole process was made easier because she was at St. Jude.

Even though she was battling cancer, the hospital puts an emphasis on her education, even hooking her up with a tutor shortly after she arrived so she wouldn't fall behind.

"I was really worried about school in the beginning because I always had A’s, no absences," said Anna. "I was always on top of school and I was really worried about that coming here."

St. Jude is also working to train future great minds in its new graduate school on the hospital campus, who just might find the cure for children like Anna.

Anna has now finished chemotherapy and was able to spend her summer at home. Now she wants to finish high school and head off to college.

Anna says she wants to go back to St. Jude to be a child life specialist.

Focusing on her education so she can give back to a hospital that’s giving her and other children another chance at life.

You can help kids like Anna, too, by reserving your ticket for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

All you have to do is call 1-800-543-5887.

One lucky person’s name will be drawn on October 28th to win that home!

Get your ticket by September 7th to be eligible to win a $10,000 Designer Shopping Spree, courtesy of The Mosings and Rogers Jewelry Co!

Your early bird ticket also makes you eligible to win the house and other amazing prizes.


FOX26 is very excited to again be the official television partner of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

Click here to learn more about the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

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