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St. Jude Stories of Hope: Ingram

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I asked In gram if he did anything special at St. Jude. He said he liked to paint.

Four year old Ingram is like any other child, vibrant, active, and full of life.

But, last year things took a drastic turn, that would forever change his life.

Ashley, Ingram's Mom says "Our preschool program called and said he had a headache and they didn't think it was anything normal and e needed to check on him."

Ingram had more headaches over the next few days.

Ashley, Ingram's Mom says "They weren't just headaches, but he was grabbing the back of his head and he was throwing up, they were pretty intense."

Ashley knew something was wrong, so she took Ingram to have a cat scan. Ashley

says "The results of that cat scan were he had an inch and a half size tumor on his brain stem. That was the moment that changed our lives."

Ashley says their family was devastated, but they had to keep going, time was of the essence.

That's when his family brought him to St. Jude.

Ashley says "I was crying, I hesitated coming in the door because it was such an emotional moment."

But when they walked in they were met with a hug and compassion by a very caring staff member who reassured them they would do everything they could to help Ingram survive.

And they did just that, going to work immediately providing the very best care possible, without placing any burden on the family. It takes 1.8 million dollars a day to run St. Jude, that's why it is so important to support efforts like the Dream Home.

Ashley says

"None of it would be possible without St. Jude and the doctors and nurses."

A year later, after lots of I-V' s, radiation, and chemo. The family can smile, his first post treatment scan was clear.

And believe it or not, despite the pokes and prods, Ingram has grown fond of St. Jude he even showed me some of his great artwork.

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