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St. Jude Miracle: Barrett Remy

(Source: Barrett Remy's family) (Source: Barrett Remy's family)

Barrett Remy was a normal, happy and healthy teen, until her life completely changed in 2013.

"She was a dancer, and had a hard time finishing the routines," said Barrett's father, Troy. "There was some bruising on her ankle that wouldn't go away."

After visiting the doctor, tests on her blood signaled something the Remy's weren't prepared to hear.

"It's like a bad dream really when I think about it," said Troy. "It was a bad dream."

Barrett was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, or MDS.

"They came to us and said St. Jude is an option for you," said Tony. "Looks like it's MDS, a pre-curser to leukemia and only 100 kids in the country get it."

The road to her recovery included chemo, radiation and a bone marrow transplant.

"They said we just stated a fertility program where young ladies can have their eggs harvested," said Troy, "It's a tough position to be in."

St. Jude froze some of Barrett's eggs for the future so that she could one day have the chance to be a mother.

"I didn't even think of that, it was the furthest thing from my mind, but I'm glad they did think of it," said Troy.

A bone marrow match for Barrett was found in Germany from a 23-year-old donor. The stranger had the surgery at a German hospital.

"A person was paid by St. Jude to escort the marrow from Germany to her hospital bed," said Troy. "There were doctors, cab drivers, plane pilots doing their job for St. Jude, but also doing it to save a girl's life."

The bone marrow transplant was a success. Barrett is now a junior in high school. She owes her life and future to the professionals at St. Jude.

Barrett can even look forward to the possibility of one day being a mother.

"I can't wait for that day," said Troy. "I'm dreading the wedding day, it's a little different for me than other folks, but I can't wait for that day."

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