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When you reserve a ticket for the St. Jude Dream Home, you're helping kids like PJ

Posted at 7:51 AM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 11:19:31-04

WACO, TX — P.J. was only 6 years old when she was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer called Bi-lateral Wilmus Tumors.

Unfortunately, she had cancerous tumors in both kidneys.

Through the trying times, P.J. still finds joy in the little things.

"I like to go hunting with daddy, I like to play American Girl Dolls," P.J. said.

Diagnosed in 2017 she's been through the worst but she's got words of wisdom from her mom, Melanie Trodjanowski, that she lives by.

"When I was going through cancer mommy had a thing and said choose joy and just keep fighting," P.J. said.

As she was always trying to keep her head held high, she had both her mom and dad to help her fight along the way.

"If it's a tough day just get through to lunch then get through to bedtime and then just take it one day at a time I used to tell her all the time nobody climbs Mount Everest in a day," P.J.'s dad, Eric Trodjanowski said.

Her parents were and always will be there for PJ, but of course, they can't be there for everything.

Especially when she is getting testing and scans done at the hospital.

Pj has her stuffed animal, Duck Duck, that she keeps close and always will through the years.

"When I get married he's going to be in my bouquet," P.J. said.

3 years later, P.J. is in remission and happier than ever before.

Thanks to the help from those at St. Jude her family got to worry less about the cost and focus on family.

"There's so many people out there that really just want to help, and so you step back and let people help because you can't do it alone," Melanie said.

P.J. has two more years before being declared cancer-free so as long as tests come back with good results.

When you reserve your ticket for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, you're helping families like P.J.'s.

St. Jude covers the cost of everything focusing on the life-saving efforts of these children diagnosed with one of the worst things imaginable.