St. Jude Storied Lives Podcast

St. Jude Podcasts

St. Jude Storied Lives brings you intimate conversations with the patients and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It’s hosted by Joel Alsup. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, when he was 7 years old. He was treated at St. Jude in the 1980s. Joel now works at ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude, on the team that shares stories about patients and their families.

Joel knows how new friendships and second families form at St. Jude – lifelong relationships that become a source of compassion and strength. He also knows that a person’s cancer story is only a part of their entire life story. St. Jude Storied Lives gives you the chance to get to know someone who’s faced difficult moments and learned how to move forward. It’s about what happens after treatment ends and regular life begins again. read less

Storied Lives | Amy
Mar 23 2023
Storied Lives | Amy
Amy knows firsthand that St. Jude never gives up on its patients because she’s been a patient twice.When she was 10, Amy started to get a “blah” feeling that wouldn’t go away. She was diagnosed with ALL, acute lymphoblastic leukemia. For the next two-and-a-half years, she received treatment at St. Jude and its affiliate clinic in Peoria near her home.A few years after she was declared cancer free, she had to do it all over again.In high school, that “blah” feeling returned. She tried to will it away, but she knew the truth before tests confirmed it. That second experience with treatment was more difficult emotionally. But she found solace in fellow patients her age while she was far away from friends back home.And while she was a patient the second time, Amy met her future husband during the annual 465-mile relay run between Memphis and Peoria. Now, more than 30 years after she was first diagnosed, she has two kids, and her days are filled with all of the activities that make a family.She’s gotten what she always wished for during treatment: a wonderfully normal life.Donate to St. Jude: available HERE. Credits Host: Joel AlsupRecorded by: Andres Garcia and Nathan BlackMusic production: Kazimir BoyleProducer: Geoffrey RedickEditor: Grace Korzekwa EvansExecutive Producer: Louis GrahamThis podcast is a production of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.