Family of Cancer Survivor to Speak at William Woods

The family of a six-year-old cancer survivor will tell their story Tuesday to William Woods University students. Their presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Aldridge Lounge. Because space is limited, the talk is not open to the public.


Joe and Joyce Zulovich will talk about their daughter’s battle with cancer and how they benefited from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The hospital is the beneficiary of financial support from WWU students through a student organization called Up ’Til Dawn. During the organization’s three years on campus, students have raised a total of $41,500.


In January 2004, Jill Zulovich was diagnosed with a malignant rhabdoid tumor (a sarcoma type of cancer), which was wrapped around her spine. One week later, she was air lifted to Memphis, Tenn., where she received three rounds of chemotherapy at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to shrink the tumor.


At the end of March in 2004, Jill had a 10-hour surgery at LeBonhuer Children’s Hospital in Memphis to resect 100 percent of the tumor. After surgery, she underwent another five rounds of chemotherapy and five weeks of radiation therapy at St. Jude.


More than eight months after her diagnosis, Jill returned home to Columbia, Mo., to resume life as an active toddler. She is now in kindergarten, and continues to go to Memphis for six-month check-ups.


St Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering
work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world.


No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without
insurance are never asked to pay. St Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its
fund-raising organization.