A common phrase you hear at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a routine checkup... changed our lives forever.
"We were at his well baby check-up and he had bronchitis and wasn't responding to antibiotics, so they sent us in for a blood test and he came back with almost a million white blood cells that were all leukemia-blast," said Aimee Grijalva, Matthew's mom.
The family decided to have baby Matthew treated at home in California. He was doing well until he relapsed. When Matthew's parents looked at the statistics they decided to uproot their lives and have Matthew treated at St. Jude.
"His type of leukemia, the doctors tell us, has about a 30 percent cure rate," said Ron Pierce, Matthew's dad.
During their time at the hospital, Matthew's family bonded with the doctors, the nurses, and all of the other patients.
"They've realized that happiness definitely plays a major part in curing and keeping these kids happy," said Ron.
Matthew continues to stay happy and strong as he battles leukemia. He's being treated with a new type of chemotherapy that's currently only offered at St. Jude.
"That's our hope right now is that will be the extra missing puzzle piece," said Aimee.
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