Meet Quincy: the 9-year-old St. Jude patient who stole our hearts jamming with gospel star Donnie McClurkin
My heart is filled and overflowing!
I had the opportunity to hit the ground in Memphis Tennessee and attend the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Celebration of Hope where I got an up close and personal tour of the facilities and learned more about its mission doing the painstaking work to save the lives of kids affected with cancer.
The weekend at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was filled with love and heart-wrenching stories of children and families who faced the traumatic reality that their child’s lives would be forever changed by a shocking diagnosis of childhood cancer. But even as my heart ached and I wept listening to the stories, it was also filled with delight, especially when a little boy named Quincy hit the stage and captivated our hearts, rapping about conquering his cancer along with gospel star Donnie McClurkin.
Quincy, 9, got his own concert in front of hundreds of people and he was the star of the night during a dinner for media professionals, radio hosts, community members and St. Jude patrons and friends. He had a story to tell through song about defeating his cancer — much like Michael Jackson had to beat it. Listen to Quincy’s rap below.
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The night also included a soulful performance by Philly’s own Musiq Soulchild.
When Quincy couldn’t shake his stomach trouble, his pediatrician had a feeling something more than a virus might be the cause. Sure enough, scans showed Quincy had a tumor on his right kidney–a type of renal cancer called Wilms tumor. He was referred immediately to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for treatment.
St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
“It’s definitely a whole other world inside these doors,” said Quincy’s mom. “You get a sense that everybody is here fighting the same fight. All the world issues outside of these walls don’t matter. Everybody has the same goal, and everybody wants the best for the kids.” Quincy’s treatment included surgery to remove the affected kidney and chemotherapy. He had his last dose of chemotherapy in August 2018. Quincy is a wildly imaginative, smart, outgoing and caring boy, who’s very protective of his babysister.
“He’s that guy who lightens the mood just because you never know what’s gonna come out of his mouth. If you’re having a bad day, be around him long enough–he’ll be the one to bring you out of that slump,” said his dad. “He’s basically everything I have always imagined in a son.”
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
We never think that we can do anything to help someone who has been afflicted because it’s not like have the ability to save a life right? WRONG!
We do. I learned that the money you donate go toward helping a family get the critical care for their child and because of donations, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—because all they should worry about is helping their child live.
In fact, you can just purchase a shirt from thisshirtsaveslives.org and make a difference. I’ve been wearing mine and on the airplane I was even asked about it and explained how it helps kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
- Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
- Jude freely shares the discoveries we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use our knowledge to save thousands more children.
You can make a difference and I hope that you do. Please stay tuned for more St. Jude stories.
- From the first moment Danny Thomas began raising money to build a children’s hospital in the 1950s, his mission was to help all desperately ill children, regardless of a family’s religion, financial status or race.
- Segregation was common practice in the South, but Danny held firm in his conviction that all children, no matter their background, deserved a fighting chance.
- Noted African American architect Paul Williams designed the original star-shaped hospital building, which he donated to St. Jude.
- When St. Jude opened its doors on February 4, 1962, it was the first fully integrated children’s hospital in the South.
- When St. Jude opened, African American and Caucasian patients shared the same hospital rooms, dining room and bathroom facilities. The hospital staff was also integrated.
- Jude played a key role in the integration of Memphis hotels in the 1960s. The hospital required hotels that provided lodging for any St. Jude patient to allow all St. Jude patients to stay, including African American patients and their families.