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St. Jude Spotlight: 9-year-old Kenlie

Kenlie from Baton Rouge, LA is a playful little girl who has been coming to St. Jude since she was 2-years-old, battling a cancer called synovial sarcoma. (Photo: KMPH)

In this St. Jude feature, we spotlight a patient at St. Jude who is very familiar with the Children's Research Hospital.

FOX26 News reporter, Rich Rodriguez, traveled to Memphis, Tennessee and met with 9-year-old Kenlie, who has spent most of her life there battling cancer.

Kenlie from Baton Rouge, LA is a playful little girl who has been coming to St. Jude since she was 2-years-old, battling a cancer called synovial sarcoma.

Her mother Jennifer says, "She's a professional St. Jude patient. We've been here so long. But like I said, everyone makes her feel so comfortable."

Kenlie isn't one to sit still for long, but to pass the time while her mom talks, she loves to draw.

At just 14-months, an MRI uncovered a tumor in Kenlie's left knee. "I was scared to death. You can't imagine the fear and concern and Kenli was a baby," says Jennifer.

Earlier this year, Kenlie's left leg had to be amputated.

It didn't take her long to adjust to her prosthetic leg because she and her family have a can-do attitude. "We get it under control and then the drug stops working. So we just have to go to plan b and then plan c and we just keep on fighting," said Jennifer.

This family from Louisiana is thankful for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the staff that helps Kenlie battle cancer. "We don't ever have to worry about getting a bill from St. Jude. Anything above my insurance pays. I've never seen a bill. And so all the donations I know are going to help my child and the other children that are here," says Jennifer.

You can help children like Kenlie by getting your $100 ticket to the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

Get your ticket by Friday, September 9th and you'll also be entered into a drawing for a cruise for two to the Bahamas, courtesy of the Fresno County Federal Credit Union.

There are more prizes to win in the coming weeks as well.

Proceeds from the tickets you buy benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for treatment and clinical trials that save the lives of kids who are sick.

Because of your donations, no family has to pay a dime for treatment.


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