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The children of St. Jude need your help

For the first time in years, charitable contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have been down by almost 10 percent … while the number of children coming to St. Jude has grown.

ThermometerSt. Jude and the entire country are facing unprecedented times. Will you help us close our budget gap by donating to St. Jude today and making a difference in the life of a child?

Since 1962, St. Jude has been a beacon of hope for children and families in their most desperate hours. And its reputation as one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers is a testament to the quality of research and treatment conducted at St. Jude, as well as the compassion of millions of supporters and donors who help ensure that the beacon of hope continues to shine.

As a new decade begins, St. Jude needs your help to continue conducting the groundbreaking research and developing the cutting-edge treatment that have helped children around the world suffering from childhood cancer … children such as Josiah.

Josiah was just 6 months old when doctors discovered a deadly tumor in his brain called a glioma astrocytoma.

Josiah’s mom believes the first signs of his illness appeared when he was only 3 months old. Josiah could not roll over yet, and he didn’t like to be on his tummy. The family also noticed that Josiah was a very sleepy baby. Then, just before Josiah’s six-month checkup, his mom noticed a more troubling change in her baby boy. Josiah no longer gazed straight ahead—his eyes were shifted to the right. He would only suck his right thumb, and didn’t grab for toys with his left hand.

His mom alerted the pediatrician to these issues, and then the doctor had more troubling news: Josiah’s head was bigger than it should have been at 6 months old. He sent Josiah to a local hospital for an ultrasound. When the results came in, his family was told they needed to take Josiah to the local children’s hospital for a CT scan and an MRI. Those tests revealed the devastating diagnosis: their baby boy had a brain tumor. Four days after his six-month checkup, little Josiah underwent brain surgery.

“We were in shock,” his mom said. “We kept thinking ‘Really? Cancer? Are you sure?’” After Josiah’s surgery, his doctors referred the family to St. Jude for his treatment and care.

Josiah is about midway through 16 rounds of chemotherapy. He will also receive radiation. While at St. Jude, Josiah participates in physical and occupational therapies, and he has regained use of his left hand.

Because of your support, the children who turn to St. Jude for hope and help receive the lifesaving treatment and care they so desperately need, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. This means that families who are already enduring the nightmare of having a child with cancer do not have to carry the additional burden of paying costly medical bills.

Won’t you please help children like Josiah who are fighting for their lives? Please give them the gift of hope and donate to St. Jude today.