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Leukemia patient: 'I like everything about St. Jude'

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Money raised from the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is an integral part of fulfilling Danny Thomas' dream that no child should die in the dawn of life. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Money raised from the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is an integral part of fulfilling Danny Thomas' dream that no child should die in the dawn of life. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
The survival rate for A.L.L. patients like Tyler has increased. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) The survival rate for A.L.L. patients like Tyler has increased. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - While many kids are experiencing a healthy carefree childhood, Tyler West is fighting leukemia, but he says, "I like everything about St. Jude."

Despite the devastating diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia or A.L.L, mother Michelle West has found community, compassion, and hope at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"Tyler was diagnosed with leukemia on February the 4 of 2013," said Michelle. "And from the moment we stepped in the door it was amazing. Everything is explained, so fully detailed so you understand fully what's gonna happen. We had no idea that his treatment plan would be three years."

The survival rate for A.L.L. patients like Tyler has increased from 4 percent when the hospital opened its doors in 1962 to 94 percent thanks to St. Jude research and treatment protocols.

"We have good days, we have bad days, we have highs, we have lows, and when we have those. They are there to support us in every way imaginable," she said.

During his time at St. Jude, Tyler has made a lot of new friends like Tiger's basketball coach Josh Pastner.

"I got to see his team practice basketball," he said.

He even got a special visit from actress Anne Hathaway.

And recently, he charmed another new friend. One of the producers at WMC Action News 5 shares Tyler's passion for video games.

"I have three N-64 games, 50 X-box games and 50 Wii-U games," he said.

Because fighting cancer shouldn't mean missing out on life's special moments, and the fact that no family ever pays St. Jude for anything makes theirs a mission like no other.

"We didn't have to worry what our insurance paid, that St. Jude was going to take care of the rest of it," said Michelle.

Peace of mind is made possible by donors.

The West's do whatever they can to tell people about what a wonderful place St. Jude is. They say it is a sense of pride, and it's a sense of hope for them.

Money raised from the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is an integral part of fulfilling Danny Thomas' dream that no child should die in the dawn of life.

"You need to buy a dream home ticket to, for, for St. Jude," Tyler said. "It's important for the donations or else some people wouldn't be here. Some people wouldn't be alive."

To reserve your ticket, call 1-800-224-6681.

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