St. Jude Spotlight: 9-year-old Tripp
Medical miracles happen at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
FOX26 News Reporter Rich Rodriguez introduces us to Tripp from Tennessee who doctors thought wouldn't live to see summer.
Parents and patients will tell you that miracles happen at St. Jude.
In this feature, we're going to meet the mother of nine, whose 4-year-old son Tripp has an incredible story.
Tripp has battled acute myeloid leukemia for more than a year.
Tripp is the seventh of mom Terri's nine children. "I've completely turned my back on my other children at home and moved here. I've been here for a little over 14 months. It was complete shock, complete devastation, horrific nightmare," said Terri. "As soon as we got here they were on top of it. They were moving quickly not wasting anytime and they were treating it very aggressively," she said.
But chemo and radiation weren't making a difference for Tripp.
His oldest sister was a perfect match for a bone marrow transplant... but it didn't work. Trippls doctor wasn't optimistic. "He told me over the phone that we could stay at home and give him a quality of life and he's had 1-3 months to live and not be here by summer or we could go to a second transplant and most likely he would be in ICU and never come back," said Terri. "God gave us St. Jude as a tool, to give us hope and God works in these hallways because there's sometimes where medicine cannot fix it," she said.
Tripp received a second transplant from a different sibling, and this time it worked. "I said, 'Tripp, come here, I have to tell you something.' He said, 'What?' and I said, 'Baby all your cancer is gone.' He says, 'Ma, I already know.'"
Terri said, "It's people like those parents who are still at home who have children that are well who give to places like St. Jude. They give us hope that we don't have to worry about a single bill. Because God forbid if you ever have to be in my shoes you're in the best place to be."
Miracles do happen at St. Jude and Tripp from Tennessee is living proof.
You can help children like Tripp by buying a ticket to the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.
The newest St. Jude Dream Home is now being built in Clovis.
You could win it, but you will also make a difference in a child's life if you buy a ticket.
De Young Properties has built a 5-bedroom, 4 1/2-bathroom house valued at $475,000 off Sierra Avenue, just east of Highway 168.
This house features 10-foot ceilings, water-efficient landscaping and an outdoor brick fire pit.
Solar City is putting in a solar power system with a 20-year pre-paid lease.
If you reserve your ticket now through September, 30th, you'll also be entered to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Michael and Jovette Mosing.
There are many other prizes up for grabs as well, like gift certificate to a day spa and salon, and a luxury suite at one of next year's Grizzlies games.
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 there.
Call 1-800-543-5887 to get your ticket now or visit DreamHome.org for more information.
You can also pick up a ticket for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway at the following locations: Fresno Coin Gallery, any De Young Welcome Center, and any Fresno County Federal Credit Union location.
Click here to visit the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway website.
Click here to visit the De Young Properties website.