Murray boy talks about life at St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - For an active, athletic, and tough kid like Carson Chapman of Murray, Kentucky, the hardest part of fighting cancer hasn't been anything he's done at St. Jude.  It's what he hasn't been able to do back home.  

"Missing sports this year has really been tough and then the social aspect, not getting to go to school, missing my friends, not being able to do what my friends do.  Those 3 things have probably been the hardest," Carson said.

The Chapmans are a very close family; they do everything together.  So St. Jude has included everyone every step of the way, including little brother Jackson.

"I don't even know what half the stuff means.  Like I just found out what chemo meant a couple of months ago" Jackson said.
 
"They talked with him: what is leukemia?  What it's doing to Carson, what he can to do help him" Chrystie, Carson's mom said.

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is the most common form of childhood cancer.  When St. Jude first opened its doors in 1962, the cure rate was only four percent.  It's now 94 percent.  That's something that really hits home with the Chapman family.

"For them to have made that much progress in the research and development, the protocol and plans that attack not only leukemia and the different forms of leukemia, but now all the other areas of childhood cancer that they've been able to impact, you just know that this is a place that's been blessed," Ed, Carson's dad said.

And, it's a place that's blessed a lot of lives.

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