MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Nov. 1, 2021) – With the holiday season right around the corner, consumers nationwide can support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® by shopping during the annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign. St. Jude patient Max, who was adopted from China in 2018, is one of the patients featured in this year’s campaign and symbolizes many children like himself who benefit from St. Jude supporters everywhere.
Max’s parents, Shane and Yanin, decided they wanted to expand their family through adoption. In 2018, they traveled to China and came home with their son Max, then 4 years old. Several months later, when doctors found four active tumors in the boy’s right eye, the family got a referral to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Shortly after treatment began, doctors discovered still more tumors. Facing the possibility of having the cancer spreading to Max’s brain, doctors decided to enucleate his remaining eye.
“We had to think of the life of Max before the eye of Max,” Shane said. Today, Shane and Yanin marvel at how well Max has adjusted, given all he’s been through. “Nothing holds him back,” his dad said.
Thanks to generous donors through the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
Adding a dose of holiday cheer to the campaign are Jennifer Aniston, Luis Fonsi, Yara Shahidi, Michael Strahan, and Sofia Vergara who will join St. Jude National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas to rally consumers across the country to support St. Jude while shopping and donating in-store and online.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok, and subscribing to its YouTube channel.