Jun 14, 2013 8:47 AM by Tracy Wirtz
Brain tumors are the most deadly type of cancer in children. In 1997, at the age of two, Bailie Reed from Eunice was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and some of the groundbreaking research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital stopped its growth. In January of this year, the news wasn't so good. But she and St. Jude won't give up.
The first clinical trial of chemotherapy they started her on caused liver failure, so they had to stop it. After consulting with her doctors at St Jude, they decided to try another chemotherapy protocol. It makes her feel sick and her hair is falling out. She says she is having a hard time with it, but has resolved herself to the fact that it is hair and it will grow back.
Bailie's attitude is amazing. She has a tremendous amount of faith, a fantastic support system in her family and the St. Jude staff. He mother, Gwen, marvels in the reality that the lights in the St. Jude research tower never go off. They work around the clock to find not only treatments but cures for the catastrophic diseases in children just like Bailie.
Currently, a new building is going up that will house a piece of equipment that is the only one of its kind in the world. A specialized device built for children that specifically targets diseased tissue and does less harm to surrounding tissue. Doctors and researchers are very hopeful that this may help in the long-term survival rates and quality of life for those survivors.
The 2013 St. Jude Dream Home will be given away Sunday, June 23rd. It will be open for tours this Saturday and Sunday, June 15 & 16, from noon to 6:00. Visitors can register to win a $5000 Visa Gift Card just for stopping by! For directions or to reserve your ticket online, click here.