Meet Sarabeth: 2019 Family Advocacy Day Child Champion
Sarabeth is participating at 2019 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day from June 25-26 in Washington, D.C. During the event, Sarabeth will share information about her health journey and the importance of children’s health care with members of Congress. Below is her story.
Sarabeth is a fighter. Ten years ago, she was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She went through 48 weeks of chemotherapy and lost her ability to walk.
Despite her condition, Sarabeth was determined to recover—and she did.
Today, this 24-year-old is cancer-free and has even started racing in triathlons! She also continues annual visits to St. Jude to participate in the hospital’s Survivorship program, which monitors patients for their entire lives. After seeing so many doctors in her youth, she’s also decided to be one—Sarabeth is enrolled at LSU Medical School Shreveport and has a bright future ahead of her. Nothing can stop this tenacious warrior!
“My experience with cancer provided me with the knowledge and the ability to relate to someone battling for their life. Losing my mother empowered me with the understanding of what life is like when someone is gone,” Sarabeth said. “These two events combined have made me insightful about what I’ll face when going into medicine, fighting for the wellness of others and dealing with death when all else fails."
Join us in welcoming Sarabeth to 2019 Family Advocacy Day.