St. Jude Children's Research Hospital NEWS
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
The daily operating cost for St. Jude is nearly $1.3 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions, and St. Jude has treated children from every state in the U.S. and from more than 70 foreign countries.
St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 70 percent and was founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas.
St. Jude pioneered a combination of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to treat childhood cancers.
On Average, 5,400 active patients visit the hospital each year, most of whom are treated on an outpatient basis.
St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.
St. Jude has increased the survival rate of the most common form of childhood cancer, ALL, from 4 percent when the hospital opened to 85 percent today.