St. Jude Patient Thankful for Hospital's Help

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Time is running out to get your ticket for the St. Jude Dream Home. Proceeds from tickets sold go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. WBKO's Tamara Evans sits down with a recent patient of the hospital to talk about his experience.

"It's hard to remember all these names like etopicide. I'm pretty sure you have no idea what I just said," recent patient, Beau Altman said.

Sixteen-year-old Beau Altman knows a lot about cancer and St. Jude. He was first sent to the hospital in May 2006 after being misdiagnosed for a year from his doctors back home in Missouri.

He said it all started from a swelled hand that doctors thought was a sprain.

"But then when it went up - didn't go back down, we went back to the doctor and they did X-rays and stuff on it, and found a solid mass in it," Beau said.

Beau was sent to Memphis where he began treatment for Ewing's Sarcoma - a type of cancer.

"I started getting chemo and radiation here and a whole lot of tests - that's for sure," Beau explained.

Beau was classified as a long-term patient since his treatment was to last more than three months.

He was sent to the Target House to live, until recently when he was expected to return home after his last chemo-treatment.

He was looking forward to seeing his family, especially his siblings.

"They know I'm sick and I'm getting better. That's about it, but they're really too young to really know," Beau said.

He said without St. Jude, he wouldn't be the healthy and happy teen that he is today.

"They take care of us really well and it's just amazing what they do," Beau explained.

When interviewed in April in Memphis, Beau said he was looking forward to the summer and being home with his friends and family.

As for the St. Jude Dream Home at Olde Stone, so far more than 1,500 tickets have been sold for the home, valued at over $425,000.

Time is running out for the early bird deadline on July 11, 2007. If you purchase your ticket by then, you could win a year's worth of groceries from Houchens/IGA.

Dream Home tickets are valued at $100 each.