Two-Year-Old, with Stage 4 Cancer, Beats the Odds


Two-Year-Old, with Stage 4 Cancer, Wins His Battle!

Two-year-old, with Stage 4 cancer, is another success story at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He is now cancer-free. When Gideon Purchase was six months hold he suddenly lost his appetite. His sleep patterns changed. He became more fussy. His parents thought these symptoms were because he was teething. However, a yellowish bruise appeared over one eye. The following day the bruise covered both eyes and a lump suddenly appeared on his head.

Gideon Makes an Emergency Visit to Doctor

Gideon made an emergency visit to the family doctor. She gave the devastating news:he had stage IV high-risk neuroblastoma. His mother, Katie Purchase said, “It’s literally as bad as it gets.” The young boy was then taken by medivac to St. Jude. Scans revealed the severity of his cancer. His doctor, Sara Federico said, “His entire face and skull was full of cancer, and all of his bones were full of cancer. He had a large tumor that was present in the middle of his body.”

Katie and her husband, Gary, were devastated.

St. Jude Had a Plan

St. Jude started the boy on a new clinical trial that used a unique approach to immunotherapy. The technique combines an antibody with chemotherapy at the beginning, middle and end of the treatment. Dr. Federico said, “The early results are surpassing all of our wildest expectations.” The boy had dramatic changes within six weeks. The doctor said, “He went from 84 percent of his marrow having tumor to zero percent.” The tumors in his face, arms and legs disappeared. Even so, the boy faced a bone barrow transplant and radiation. Gary said, “Being how aggressive this disease is, they can’t leave one cell alive.”

In all Gideon underwent 15 months of treatment before doctors declared him healthy.

Today the boy is a cancer-free, energetic two-year-old. His parents treasure every moment they can with him.