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This spring, you can help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the fight against childhood cancer and other deadly diseases during the second annual Give thanks. Give hope. ™ campaign.
The campaign kicks off on April 1, and you are invited to make a difference in the lives of the children and families of St. Jude and around the world.
During the months of April and May, customers of A&P Family of Supermarkets, Learning Express, McAlister’s Deli, Putt-Putt®, Hancock Fabrics, Fry’s Food Stores, Twin State Beauty Supply and many other retail outlets around the country can add $1 or more at the register to support St. Jude.
Thanks to these generous partners, 100 percent of proceeds will go to help St. Jude continue the breakthrough research that is changing the way some of the deadliest childhood diseases are treated and helping children, such as 7-year-old Ellie.
Ellie came to St. Jude in 2008 suffering from a brain tumor known as supratentorial primitive neuroectodermal tumor. After the diagnosis, her family began searching for the hospital that would give their little Ellie the best chance to beat the tumor. Through all their research, St. Jude was at the top of the list.
After discussing their daughter’s treatment with St. Jude oncologist Amar Gajjar, MD, they knew St. Jude was the hope they had been searching for.
"Dr. Gajjar said we'd have a 65 to 70 percent chance with him," said Ellie’s mom. "He told us, 'She should be here. We know what kills this tumor, and we've killed them before. She needs to be here.' I liked having that affirmative statement."
At St. Jude, Ellie not only received targeted radiation and chemotherapy but, like many patients, she grew to love seeing her doctor. Now she is off treatment, returning to the hospital only for regular checkups.
For nearly 50 years, St. Jude has been helping families such as Ellie’s conquer pediatric cancer. The research conducted at St. Jude has helped push the survival rates for childhood cancers from 20 percent to 80 percent today, and St. Jude has achieved a survival rate of 94 percent for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer.
“We are so thankful for our generous partners’ support of the annual Give thanks. Give hope. campaign,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. “Even in difficult economic times, the lifesaving work of St. Jude must continue. Each dollar donated helps in our fight to find cures for cancer and other deadly childhood diseases so that children in communities everywhere will have a second chance at life.”
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