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No child turned away at St. Jude

18-month-old Corban is being treated at St. Jude 18-month-old Corban is being treated at St. Jude

(WMC-TV) - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is celebrating 50 years of life-saving medical treatment. Did you know that no child is ever turned away because they cannot pay at St. Jude?

Donations make it possible for St. Jude to help kids like 18-month old Corban.

Corban has Rahbdomyosarcoma. He has a tumor growing in his leg and he has already had one operation.

When Jessica and Brett Carr learned their son was sick, it was overwhelming.

"I was very scared. You know, you think cancer. You're just, you know cancer is one of the biggest diseases in America that takes lives, and you're just like ‘Oh no, I'm gonna lose my son,'" said Corban's dad, Brett.

The doctors and nurses at St. Jude are working to help treat Corban's aggressive cancer.

"The tumor, when they actually cut it open, it was only 5 percent dead from the chemo. Actually, it didn't do much at all and they were expecting what? 90 percent?" explained Brett.

Now, Corban is going through a new trial that will last fifty weeks.

"We don't know if it's working or if it isn't working. So far, his scans come back clear," said Brett.

In addition to making sure Corban gets the care he needs, the Carr family was also worried about the cost. But St. Jude put their minds at ease.

"But it was awesome because the nurse said, ‘From here on, you don't have nothing to worry about. If anything doesn't pay, you need to bring it to us, don't worry about it, just bring it to us,'" said Brett.

With that financial burden off their shoulders, the Carrs are able to focus on what matters most – having a healthy and cancer-free child.

Leaving the Carr's and other families like them, to focus on what matters most -- a healthy, cancer free child.

You can help kids like Corban by donating to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  It is the donors who make it possible for families who can't afford treatment to still get their kids the best care possible at St. Jude.

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