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International program at St. Jude reaches 14 countries

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Coronas has her hands full with four kids, but her son John Pierre needs special attention. Coronas has her hands full with four kids, but her son John Pierre needs special attention.
John Pierre has a tumor on his brain. It is not cancerous, but its location is dangerous. John Pierre has a tumor on his brain. It is not cancerous, but its location is dangerous.
Coronas and her family are originally from Costa Rica. Coronas and her family are originally from Costa Rica.
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(WMC-TV) - Since opening more than 50 years ago, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Much like Christina Coronas and her son, many families worldwide seek treatment from St. Jude.

Coronas has her hands full with four kids, but her son John Pierre needs special attention.

The Costa Rica family turned to St. Jude hospital for help – and hope.

"I remember the first day that I got here, and it was like, oh my God, I felt peace. I was like I know that they're going to take care of my kid," she said.

John Pierre has a tumor on his brain. It is not cancerous, but its location is dangerous.

"He started complaining about headaches. Then, he started like throwing up, like, once in a while, like once in a week or so. And then he was very sleepy and very thirsty all day, so we took him to the doctor. And we were living in the United States in that moment," said Coronas.

Coronas and her family are originally from Costa Rica. They were living in Louisiana when doctors discovered John Pierre's tumor.

"We've been here for the last six years. And well, depends on the state you are with your kid's illness, it gets, you know, it's getting better and better," said Coronas.

St. Jude's International Outreach Program has 20 partner sites in 14 countries.

Coronas finds comfort in knowing the lessons learned from her son's treatment will have an impact on children around the globe.

"We have to let people know about St. Jude because it's not only helping American kids, it's helping kids all around the world. They share all of the protocols with hospitals all around the world, and they're saving children," said Coronas.

There are a lot of families just like the Coronas, and no family ever pays a dime for treatment at St. Jude.

You can help in the miracles at St. Jude by purchasing a ticket for this year's dream home giveaway. Call 1-800-224-6681 for more information.

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