St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital helping 6-year-old Mo. girl enjoy life
that causes her eyes to bounce back and forth, making it hard to focus and giving her double vision.
Elaina is lucky that the side effects of her cancer treatments have been mild.
“We continue to watch her blood counts on a weekly basis to ensure her health. She has only been hospitalized four times thus far in her protocol,” said Mrs. Verslues. “I’ve thought all along that the treatment is being so nice to her, I can’t believe it’s actually working,” she noted. “She hasn’t been sick, and she’s going to kindergarten.”
And when Elaina does have to go to St. Jude for treatment and follow-up every eight weeks, she enjoys the trip. “She’s doing great; we’re all doing great,” said Mrs. Verslues. “We just thank God for His blessings every day.”
Believing in miracles
Robert Haslag, a member of St. Martin parish and Knights of Columbus Council 7194 in St. Martins, who is coordinating the event, hopes it will generate more than $10,000 for St. Jude.
“By participating in or attending the event, you will help raise funds for children of the world who are stricken with diseases such as cancer, AIDS, and Sickle Cell anemia,” said Mr. Haslag. “These funds will help St. Jude in its ongoing fight against childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases.”
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. It has the largest childhood cancer research center in the world and freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world.
All patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude are treated without regard to the family’s ability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization, through events such as the local Knights’ Walk-a-Thon.
“St. Jude is what has given us hope,” said Mrs. Verslues. “We do believe in miracles. Elaina is one of them.”
( For information about volunteering, participating or making a private or corporate donation to the St. Jude Walk-a-thon, call Robert Haslag at 573-584-3525 or e-mail: email@example.com. St. Jude’s website is at www.stjude.org.)
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