Can you remember what your kids asked for on their most recent birthday?  If they got it, I can guarantee, it still didn't bring as much excitement as one of these parties does.

While lots of kids ask for the latest video games, or new clothes, the kids who are struggling to fight cancer at St. Jude just want one thing.

It's the "No More Chemo Party" that they throw when you've had your last chemo treatment.

Enduring round after round of chemo therapy is often more than most adults can handle.  It can drain you physically and emotionally.  So imagine how it must feel when you've finally had your last treatment and you don't have to go through that anymore.  It's definitely a celebration-worthy day.

At St. Jude, they've even come up with a song to sing to mark the occasion.

Our patients have the cutest S-M-I-L-E

Our patients have the sweetest H-E-A-R-T

Oh, we love to see you every day, but now’s the time we get to say...

pack up your bags, get out the door, you don’t get chemo anymore!

It's something that families look forward to the moment they walk through the doors.  It normally means that they're one step closer to cancer free.

This year though, it's been different, with COVID some families have had to wait for that exclamation mark at the end of the sentence.  They still had to keep everyone safe from the virus.  But they aren't going without.  The staff has been finding new ways to deliver those parties, confetti and all, even if it's over a zoom conference.

They say you have to celebrate even the smallest of accomplishments...but this one is far from small.

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