Tammy’s Story

In June 2017, Tammy’s parents, Tien and Alice, learned their son had a cancerous brain tumor called an
anaplastic ependymoma. After Tammy underwent surgery to resect the tumor, his parents turned to
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® for Tammy’s treatment.
Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from
20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to
drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to more than 90 percent, and we won’t stop until
no child dies from cancer. At St. Jude, Tammy’s treatment will include 33 rounds of proton therapy and four rounds of chemotherapy. Remarkably, at his young age, Tammy has gone through most of his proton radiation treatments without sedation.
His St. Jude Child Life specialists saw this potential in him and worked with him to make it a
reality. “At St. Jude, they take care of everything,” Tien said. “There’s a sense of community here.”
Tien describes Tammy as a brave, curious and inquisitive boy. Tammy loves going to the zoo, where he
likes to visit the camels and monkeys. He also likes to do arts and crafts.