Gideon alive today thanks to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital
In 1962, the late actor/comedian, Danny Thomas was inspired by an answered prayer to St. Jude Thaddeus, to work with Memphis business leaders to build St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.
I’m not sure anyone knows exactly what that answered prayer was, but St. Jude’s has been the answer to thousands of prayers since it was built.
Gideon Purchase is one of the miracles that occur daily at St. Jude’s. At around 6 months old, Gideon’s parent began to notice changes in Gideon. He wasn’t eating or sleeping. Chalked up to teething, they didn’t think much of it at the time, but then when he woke up with yellow bruises on his face, they immediately took him to the doctor. Tests confirmed their worst nightmare. Gideon had Stage 4 bone cancer which was spreading rapidly.
“His entire face and skull was full of cancer, and all of his bones were full of cancer,” said his St. Jude doctor, Sara Federico. “He had a large tumor that was present in the middle of his body.”
So at such a young age, Gideon began a new treatment program, discovered at St. Jude’s, immunotherapy. This therapy combines antibody with chemo which started to immediately shrink the tumors and improve Gideon’s life. And in turn, made him healthy enough for a bone marrow transplant and radiation to make sure all the cancer was gone.
After 15 months, Gideon is cancer free. Thanks once again, to answered prayers at Jude’s Children Research Hospital
St. Jude’s relies entirely on donations and research grants to continue to save lives, so please make your donations to this link! You never know whose child might be the next miracle of St. Jude’s.