MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Pediatric oncologist Mark Hatley spends most of his time in a lab at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where he does basic science research trying to find better cures for children fighting cancer.
“St. Jude has done some amazing things over it’s 52 years in existence so primarily, our hallmark is success in leukemia which is the number one pediatric cancer,” he said.
The hospital just completed phase one of the pediatric cancer genome project where researchers sequenced the whole genome within the tumor and the normal DNA of the kids.
“We’ve completely uncovered the whole molecular under pining of this disease and so know we’re able to come into the lab to take what we found in that genome project to figure out if we can find a new alkalis heel or something that will allow us to attack this tumor more specifically then what we are doing now,” he said.
Young patients are free to express and share their feelings during treatment; a place at St. Jude called the ABC Wall.
“It’s a place of hope. You look at the pictures on the wall and those are children that are fighters and survivors,” said parent, Michelle West.
West’s 7-year old son Tyler is in his first year of treatment with two more left to – he’s stronger than ever…and optimistic about his future.
“It can be emotional but you look again and it’s a place of hope, it’s a place that you go into, and I know that they are doing everything they can, day and night to cure cancer,” she said.
The open house for the Dream Home has been extended Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 9pm. It’s located at 3118 Marsala Street at Seven Oaks in Southwest Bakersfield. To purchase a $100 ticket you can visit Ashley Furniture Home Store or Kern Schools Federal Credit Union or call (800) 385-9134.
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