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Kennan: following in the footsteps of St. Jude family [Video]

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At 15, Kennan was your typical teenager and then one day things started to change.

She started to experience headaches, fatigue–all bad enough to raise concerns.

Her parents took her to the doctor.

“I was in class, and I felt like I couldn’t breathe, so I went to the hospital to have a chest Xray and they saw a mass of cells on my chest,” Kennan said. “From there they went and did blood work; that’s where they found the leukemia.”

Kennan was placed into an ambulance and rushed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

“As soon as I got there, they immediately started treatment,” Kennan said. “The treatment plan is about two and half years of weekly chemo’s. I went along that path and about a year and half in I relapsed. Only about five percent of patients relapse.”

That relapse caused Kennan’s doctors to rethink treatment and switch to a bone marrow …

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