St. Jude: Three-Year-Old Sebastian Catasus

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

"I'm working on cutting."

Three-year-old Sebastian Catasus is pretending to be a doctor. He's had enough experience around doctors at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital that he's got the routine down pat.

His mother, Andrea Greathouse, says: "It's an incredible facility and no one else in the country have seen as many cases of what he has. And it's really giving him a fighting chance."

Sebastian has a rare brain tumor. He's had four surgeries in his young life. As he plays he pretends to operate on his patient, Sebastian says: "Doctor cutting"

Greathouse says: "He's in chemotherapy now. He did 10 weeks of chemotherapy. Six weeks of radiation and now we're back in chemotherapy."

When his parents learned how serious his condition was they began a frantic nationwide search to find a hospital to treat Sebastian.

Greathouse says: "We found St Jude. Saw their Web site and thought there was no way it could be as great as the Web site and have just been overwhelmed on a daily basis ever since then."

His mother says they do everything they can to make life as normal as possible for little Sebastian, but the prognosis is not good.

Greathouse says: "Nobody's really... They really don't have survivors of this. Children haven't made it more than two years when they've been diagnosed under three."

His family says that St. Jude is giving them hope about his condition. The information the hospital has learned from children who have gone before Sebastian is helping treat him. And they say Sebastian is helping them learn more about the disease, so one day it may be manageable in the future.

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