BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital which advances cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
Sarah Hamilton's daughter, Caroline, now 17, has been battling cancer most of her life.
“Well Caroline was diagnosed with was the most common form of pediatric brain cancer, the pediatric low-grade astrocytoma, eleven years ago when she was in Kindergarten”, said Hamilton.
She's in the 5th year of a clinical trial at St. Jude. The targeted therapy has kept her tumor stable and now she's a high school senior.
Sarah says St. Jude handles all the arrangements for treatment at the hospital in Memphis, “I don’t have to worry about arranging hotels, or how I am going to pay for it, because it adds up! I’ve been back and forth with Caroline to Memphis for nearly five years now and we go sometimes four or five times a year we’ve been traveling back and forth and that’s a lot and, you know, I don’t know how we could afford to do that to stay and to make ends meet and just have a normal life”.
She says St. Jude treats you like family.
“People know you, they greet you by name. The receptionists that take your information when you check in in the morning and they’d say 'Hi Caroline, how ya’ll doing? How’s everything in Boston. How’s the weather?' and even the cashiers in the cafeteria, they know us by name”, Hamilton stated.
For Sarah Hamilton's family, St Jude has been a blessing.
“It’s just a relief to have St. Jude on your team and being able to carry you through these difficult times. Not only medically but with the other support they provide”, Hamilton concluded.
WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports