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May 6, 2014 8:46 AM by Tracy Wirtz

Farrah & Her St. Jude Heroes

Two-year-old Farrah Courville and her parents, Jarred and Katrina, are from Bayou Chicot in Evangeline Parish. They will be calling Memphis home for at least the next year. Farrah is undergoing treatment for a cancer called neuroblastoma. She's a fighter, but she's had many heroes helping her in her battle.

A number of months ago, the chemotherapy caused a bad reaction and gave Farrah a blistering diaper rash. St. Jude does provide diapers for the children while they are in-patient. However, they didn't have a particular kind that Farrah's mom found was best for her skin. Katrina posted an appeal for coupons on Facebook. 99.9 KTDY morning show co-host Debbie Ray saw the appeal and asked her counterparts to get on air and ask Acadiana for help. As usual, our community answered the call and Farrah has plenty of diapers to see her through.

She had surgery in mid-April to remove a tumor on her kidney and has resumed chemotherapy treatment. Soon, she will undergo a complex treatment that involves chemo and the infusion of NK cells. These are "natural killer cells" which she will get from her father. The therapy is designed so that the cells should attack any new cancer cells in Farrah's body that may start to develop.

It's because of amazing science like this and the research that led to its development that we ask each year for you in Acadiana to buy a St. Jude Dream Home ticket. These breakthroughs have helped increase the cure rate of childhood cancers over the last 50 years and continue to give children like Farrah a fighting chance.

The Acadiana St. Jude Dream Home will be given away on Sunday, June 29th. There is a limited number of tickets available. Reserve yours now by visiting Doug Ashy Building Materials in Lafayette, The UPS Store in Lafayette or New Iberia, by calling 1-800-724-1918 or by clicking here and buying online.

No child should die in the dawn of life. Thank you, Acadiana!



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