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Please join me in urging St Jude Children's Hospital to give Alby a second opinion and the best chance at life.

In early February of this year, Alby was diagnosed with a type of leukemia called ALL-T cell, not long after his 6th birthday. This diagnosis is rare, especially in children Alby’s age.

When Alby arrived at Vanderbilt Children’s hospital, he was found to have a massive inoperable tumor that was pressing on his heart and lungs causing fluid to build up in his lungs and making it difficult for him to breathe. The doctors advised his parents that immediate chemo was needed in order to relieve the pressure on Alby’s organs. He ultimately had to have a chest tube and feeding tube placed in addition to having chemo initiated.

The good news is that the chemo did its job and the tumor has shrunk. After spending more than 2 weeks in the hospital, Alby and his family were able to go home. His battle is far from over, however. Alby faces 3 and a half years of treatment for this disease. In addition he is battling the terrible side effects of chemotherapy, including nausea and vomiting. It has been difficult to control these symptoms and little Alby has lost so much weight that a feeding tube had to be reinserted.

What does this have to do with us, you ask? Alby’s family desperately wants a second opinion from St. Jude’s. Due to a recent change in operating procedure, their request for a second opinion has been denied.

If it were my child I would want the same chance Alby’s family wants for him. St. Jude’s cure rate for this disease is nearly 15% higher than Vanderbilt’s. I know that if my family ever faced this unimaginable situation I would move heaven and earth to get the best care possible. Will you please join me in petitioning St. Jude on behalf of this family? For Alby?

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