Corbin – Louisiana
Not long after his third birthday, Corbin climbed into bed with his parents so that Daddy could scratch his back. It was then that Corbin’s father, Clint, discovered a lump that would lead them to their pediatrician and the very next day to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His parents clearly remember the trip from Monroe, Louisiana. It was Mother’s Day.
Corbin’s mom, Heather, had no idea what to expect upon arriving at St. Jude. “I saw other children who had lost their hair. Some of them looked like they didn’t even know they were sick. They were riding tricycles, being pulled around in little red wagons. And still the cry from my heart was ‘not my child’.”
Corbin was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive soft tumor found on his back. To shrink the tumor, St. Jude treated Corbin with twelve weeks of chemotherapy. Surgery followed in order to remove the tumor entirely, and everyone hoped that the surgeons would find no evidence of the tumor in surrounding tissue.