The St. Jude factor

The hospital's Bleeding Disorders Program is an important resource for families and children.

Turning the tide

Clinicians and researchers chart a course to find cures for high-grade gliomas.

Reach for the sky

In the summer of 2009, 17-year-old Ciera Blackburn embarked on the most demanding ascent of her life. Standing in the shadow of the mountain known as cancer, Ciera looked upward, focused on the summit and began to climb.

St. Jude for LIFE

In 1986, Eric Blumer’s life was spared. Now he puts it on the line every day. “I love being a police officer,” says Blumer, who began treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital when he was 5 years old. “Being an officer is my way of giving back.”

The gift of life

All Taylor had ever wanted to do was swim. She had been her parents’ golden child. The honors student had long, curly blonde hair and a healthy glow from constant swimming. She swam on three teams, including a competitive one. But in March 2008, Taylor suffered from headaches. One day at a swim meet, she lost her equilibrium and nearly fell off her start block. Tests soon revealed Taylor had a brain tumor.

A place of their own

Jayla and Felicia Lee may share their toys and dress-up clothes. But when it comes to the “pink hospital,” each sister stakes her claim.

Putting family at the center

When coming to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, each parent grapples with challenges regarding medications, medical procedures and boo boos that cannot be kissed away. For the parents of children who are battling devastating diseases, so much is out of their control. But thanks to the hospital’s philosophy of family-centered care, parents and their children are given a voice and a sense of control during an arduous time.

The St. Jude ICU: In good hands

In a unique ICU devoted solely to pediatric hematology/oncology patients, dedicated employees care for the hospital’s most vulnerable children.

Emma: Riding toward a cure

In May 2010, a delightful day at the zoo turned somber for 3-year-old Emma and her family. On their way home from the zoo, Emma started to have trouble breathing and passed out. Panicked, her dad called 911 and her mom administered CPR while they waited for the ambulance to arrive.