Reported by: Elizabeth Noreika
Videographer: Larry Clark
May 14, 2008
When Margie Sutphin's daughter April had trouble breathing, Margie thought it was just an excuse to get out of school.
April mother, Margie Sutphn says "I took her to ER and they come in and immediatly after an x-ray, told me it was either cancer or tuberculosis."
The cancer was Hodgkins and she had it in her neck and chest. April's mother says she remembers having to to tell her daughter the dread news. She says April's first question was when was she going to lose her hair. Margie says she held back her tears until she was alone.
"I went into my room and I picked up a shirt I just covered my mouth and lost it, I just hit the floor" says Sutphn.
St. Jude Children's Reasearch Hospital was the glimmer of hope in such a dark time. Her mother says the family knew immediatly they were going to take her to a hospital that specialized in children's cancer. St. Jude offered the treatment they needed, but chemotherapy and radation had their toll. April beat cancer, yet the emotions still resurface.
"It's hard to watch them suffer and just not know what their life is gonna hold. After treatement she felt she needed to live like she was going to die, but she was wrong. " says April's mother.
Margie has worked at St. Jude since last October.