2011 Features

Read feature articles from St. Jude and ALSAC for 2011. To read more topic-specific news releases, see Medicine and Science News or Fundraising and Donor News.

St. Jude patients create holiday masterpieces

In time for the holidays, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patients like Nora Pu donned chef hats and aprons to create decorations for a giant gingerbread house constructed in the hospital.

Therapeutic scrapbooking groups at St. Jude shown to increase caregivers’ ability to cope with their child’s illness

Nearly a decade after St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital began offering therapeutic scrapbooking as an alternative to traditional support groups for patients’ parents, researchers have demonstrated that the sessions promote hopefulness, in part by helping families recognize their strengths and by expanding their support network.

All of Me Week at St. Jude helps patients celebrate qualities that make them unique

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital helped patients celebrate their uniqueness and strength as part of the hospital’s annual All of Me Week events. The activities are designed to promote self-esteem by offering the hospital’s young patients and their siblings opportunities for self-expression while battling life-threatening diseases.

How sweet the sound - Elechi Madu

The results of the Baby HUG study are music to the ears of Emmanuel and Pamela Madu and to other parents of young children with sickle cell anemia.

Teens volunteer time and talent during summer to St. Jude patients

Volunteen Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital gives teens the opportunity to dedicate their summer vacation to helping children, while learning important lessons.

St. Jude salutes the brothers and sisters of children facing cancer and other illnesses during Sibling Star Day

Recognizing the important role siblings play in the healing process for children battling illnesses, St. Jude hosts a day focused on the brothers and sisters of patients

Volunteens host Super Hero Day for patients

The Volunteens at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital hosted “Super Hero Day” for the patients—helping them create their own capes and design their own masks.

Scientists helping scientists

“The field of childhood cancer research can’t be secretive. St. Jude knows that and puts it into practice.” Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Marlo Thomas receives prestigious service award

St. Jude national outreach director Marlo Thomas received the 2011 Jefferson Award for lifetime achievement honoring community and public service.

Hospital without walls

St. Jude partner sites extend cures to children worldwide.

Miracle in the making

When doctors gave up hope, Jordyn Boucher’s family found it again at St. Jude.

Grooming the next generation

Educating and training the next generation of doctors, nurses, researchers and academic leaders.

Double bubble - Addisyn and Madisyn Million

Because of a rare disease, the Million sisters hardly knew one another. Now Addisyn and Madisyn are together again.

Things are looking up for teens with ALL

St. Jude boosts cure rates for older teens with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Celebrating St. Jude Nurses

When you’re a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.

The St. Jude Pharmacy: More than medicine

They dispense more than a half-million doses of medications each year, but that’s just the beginning for the dedicated professionals in the St. Jude Pharmacy.

Lab Week salutes pathologists

The Department of Pathology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital works behind the scenes throughout a child’s treatment journey.

Counting on St. Jude

A new trial at St. Jude helps children with chronic ITP, a rare bleeding disorder marked by low platelet counts.

Physicians at St. Jude share the inspiration behind their clinical careers

On National Doctors’ Day Wednesday, March 30, physicians at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be honored for their leadership and devotion to patient care.

Cheering for the St. Jude team

When we support the St. Jude team, everyone wins. A perspective by Josh Pastner

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is employer of preference, according to high school students

A recent survey of students ages 16-22 has ranked St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the top 10 employers of preference.

Attention to detail

Many childhood cancer survivors experience attention problems. St. Jude is making progress in fighting these late effects of their disease and treatment.

Hope on the horizon

Yeshaai Govender's family traveled nearly 9,000 miles to find the best brain tumor treatment for their son.

Still in the game

St. Jude helps football standout Shon Coleman tackle ALL.