September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


This article, entitled "September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month," is presented by Chili's.

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Learn the story of a fighter and her dream for all children with cancer in this touching interview.

In 2009, Arianna’s family moved to Japan. Her father, Enrique served in the Navy. Soon after her third birthday, scans revealed a mass in Arianna’s brain, and she underwent brain surgery in Texas.

Doctors discovered an atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor and Arianna’s survival odds were 10 to 20 percent. Her parents, Leticia and Enrique never gave up and soon found their way to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. After a second surgery, 31 radiation treatments and four rounds of chemotherapy, Arianna was cancer free.

But, 15 months later, Arianna’s cancer returned and she has begun a new drug treatment at St. Jude. The tumor has drastically reduced in size and doctors are taking what they learned from Arianna to help other children fighting this and other deadly diseases.

To celebrate Arianna and patients like her, the research hospital and its national partner, Chili’s® Grill & Bar encourage you to give back and help save children’s lives through Chili’s More Hope Campaign for St. Jude.

In the video below, Arianna’s mother, Leticia and Chili’s Area Director Julie Riggs explain how you can help.

For 10 years, Chili's has been raising funds to support the dream of St. Jude founder, late entertainer Danny Thomas that “no child should die in the dawn of life.” The More Hope Campaign is held each September and supports the hospital’s lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children with cancer and other deadly diseases through research and treatment.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:

  • Thanks to funds raised through partnerships like this, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

  • Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80 percent today.

About Chili’s and the Chili’s Care Center:

  • To date, Chili’s has donated more than $46 million as part of a 10-year, $50 million pledge to raise funds for the hospital. Once completed, the donation will be the largest donation from a single partner campaign in St. Jude history.

  • The Chili’s Care Center opened in 2007 and houses up-to-date diagnostic imaging devices, 18 inpatient rooms in the bone marrow transplant unit as well as treatment and research programs for brain tumor and bone marrow transplant patients.

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