This holiday season, one-year-old Hayli Nobles from Goshen, KY will be celebrating the gift of life thanks to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Nobles was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia as an infant and endured several chemotherapy treatments while at St. Jude.
Now in remission, Hayli will appear in a commercial with actress Jennifer Aniston for St. Jude’s Thanks and Giving campaign, which begins Thanksgiving week.
We spoke to Hayli’s mother, Amanda, to find out about Hayli’s battle with leukemia and how St. Jude has given Hayli a second chance at life.
What exactly is acute myeloid leukemia?
It’s different because it mainly affects adults. It’s rare for children to get it. It’s a high-risk type of leukemia compared to the normal childhood leukemia.
What type of treatments did Hayli receive?
The protocol was five chemo treatments. She did go into remission after her first round of chemo. Then she underwent an NK (natural killer) cell infusion – It’s another type of white blood cell. It was completely experimental so it was up to us whether we wanted to do it. I thought we might as well go ahead and do it. I donated (NK cells). The whole process was really easy and Hayli didn’t really have any side affects.
How was Hayli chosen for the commercial for St. Jude?
They called us and asked us if we’d be interested in shooting a commercial with Jennifer Aniston. I was in the commercial with Hayli. It was definitely an interesting experience.
What was it like meeting Jennifer Aniston?
It was neat getting to meet her, she was very nice. Hayli did a lot of the commercial and they wanted her to get used to the set before Jennifer arrived. Probably for about an hour or so it was (Aniston) and Hayli together while I was just running through lines.
Why is the Thanks and Giving campaign important?
People need to realize what St. Jude does for these kids and how much money it takes to run it. It’s very expensive. The hospital gives top-of-the-line care and everything is free. They cover all your medical bills and put you up in housing. The Thanks and Giving campaign is important to help raise more money to treat the kids and help with medical bills.
How would you describe your overall experience at St. Jude?
It was awesome. The doctors and nurses were amazing. It was the worst and best place we could’ve been.
Will this upcoming holiday season hold any special significance after all of this?
It’s so ironic because Hayli’s birthday falls on Thanksgiving day – she’ll be two. We’re very thankful for St. Jude – its going to be a super-holiday. It was a life-changer.
For more information on the Thanks and Giving Campaign and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, visit www.givethankswalk.org and www.stjude.org.
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