When Riku was diagnosed with medulloblastoma in 2018, his parents, Noriko and Jun, turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® for his care. Riku’s treatment includes proton therapy and chemotherapy. Also Read - Saving Bella: 2-year-old From Mumbai Gets a Second Chance at St. Jude
“We are so blessed to be here,” his mom, Noriko, said. “St. Jude provided us with housing and with doctors and nurses who really care for our son.” Also Read - After Lillian Was Diagnosed With Leukemia, She Began Chemotherapy at St. Jude
Riku’s family moved from Japan to California in 2017. Being so far from their families, they’re grateful for the friends they’ve made at St. Jude. “It’s given us a lot of strength,” Noriko said. “Talking to other families, seeing their children, it helps us. And I think it helps Riku feel normal, too.” Riku, who likes to paint and colour, is a kind, loving boy. “Even though Riku is very small, he’s very strong,” said Jun. “We are grateful that at St. Jude, we can focus on our son.” Also Read - St. Jude Children’s Hospital Uses Music as Healing Treatment Strategy
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