The future is bright for a Remsen teen who suffered a rare brain tumor when she was only 12-years-old thanks to St Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Anna Jones was diagnosed with craniopharyngioma after a fall. "We actually found it by accident," said Anna's mom Christine. "She ran down the stairs and slipped. The next morning she was still dizzy so we took her to the hospital."

After getting the devastating news Anna had cancer in her brain, Christine said she was in disbelief. "It's crippling. You don't know what the future holds. You look at every day as it could be the last."

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St Jude Saves Anna

Christine went home, did some research on craniopharyngioma, and emailed a radiation oncologist at St Jude Children's Research Hospital. "He called me on a Sunday morning from his personal cell phone from home."

Less than 24 hours later Christine and Anna were walking through the doors of St Jude, a place Anna says was unlike any place she'd been before. "I hate the smell of hospitals. It's not really a hospital. It's just a fun place to go. As soon as I got there everyone was smiling. I knew that was going to be the best place."

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Six Years Later

Six years later Anna remains cancer-free. She's graduated high school and has started the next step towards her goal of owning her own grooming salon one day. "She will start her hands-on training with a dog groomer soon and she is very excited," said Christine.

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Yearly Visits

Anna returns to St Jude every year and is heading back in August as part of their aftercare treatment program. "The scans and testing provide further data about life and health after cancer treatment with her particular rare tumor," explained Christine.

While she's there Anna can check out her brick along the Pathway of Hope that leads to the Advanced Research Center.

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No Bills

If saving children isn't already enough, saving families from never-ending medical bills is the way of life at St Jude Children's Research Hospital. "They have never asked for anything," says Christine. "Not one penny. Almost seven years out from the beginning of Anna’s treatment, we still have not received one bill."

Christine says she doesn't know what would have happened if she hadn't reached out to St Jude Children's Research Hospital. "St. Jude is still our saving grace and a donation to St. Jude is a life saved, whether it’s with treatment or the research they share with the world."

Be a Partner in Hope

You can help save kids like Anna by becoming a Partner in Hope. Call 800-995-5257 or donate online at St Jude.

"We are so thankful for you all at Big Frog and everyone that donates for helping in the fight against childhood cancer and to St. Jude for giving Anna the opportunity to live a long and healthy life."

Thank You Gifts

To thank you for supporting St Jude Children's Research Hospital during our Country Cares radiothon with Drain Masters and becoming a Partner in Hope, you'll have the honor of joining the country community with a 'Love Music Stop Cancer' t-shirt and your choice of tickets to see either the Harlem Globetrotters March 2 or Utica Comets on Big Frog night February 25, both at the Adirondack Bank Center.

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