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St. Jude patient Imani with her mom.

St. Jude patient Imani with her mom,
Art by St. Jude patient Jaden


What happens when you donate to St. Jude?

When you donate to St. Jude, you join our lifesaving work to find cures and means of prevention for childhood cancer and other pediatric, life-threatening diseases. Donations are used to support treatment, research and the future needs of St. Jude

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What does St. Jude do with your donations?

Donations to St. Jude are used to fund research and cover the cost of lifesaving treatment and world-class patient care. Your donation will be used to support day-to-day operations at St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live. Your support also ensures a future for St. Jude, so that we can continue to grow and treat as many children as possible. No matter what amount you're able to give, every donation makes a difference! 

Why donate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital?


Many families come to St. Jude thinking it’s like any other hospital, but families never receive a bill from us for treatment, travel, housing or food.

As a large pediatric cancer research hospital, St. Jude treats more than 8,000 patients each year.


St. Jude has helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% in 1962 to 80% today. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.  

St. Jude has achieved a 94% survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The survival rate for ALL was only 4% when St. Jude opened in 1962.


St. Jude shares the breakthroughs it makes to help doctors and researchers at local hospitals and cancer centers around the world treat childhood cancer. 

We treat children from all 50 states and from around the world.


Donation breakdown and charity rating

The majority of funds needed to operate and sustain St. Jude must be raised from our generous supporters. 

An infographic illustrating that 82% of every dollar received supports research and treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

82 cents of every dollar received from donations, research grants, insurance recoveries and investment returns goes to support the current and future needs of St. Jude.

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According to Charity Navigator, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has a four-out-of-four star rating for our Overall Score and Rating.


Where do St. Jude donations go?

See how donations to St. Jude are used.

  1. ... could help provide a platelet count test*

    St. Jude provides platelet count tests to some patients as part of their treatment.

    Donate $10

  2. ... could help provide one patient with rehabilitation balls*

    Help patients regain strength and mobility after cancer treatment.

    Donate $25

  3. ... could help provide chemotherapy IV tubing sets*

    A $100 donation could provide five chemotherapy IV tubing sets sized especially to help children receive treatment.*

    Donate $100

  4. ... could help cover about two-thirds of the cost of one day of chemotherapy*

    Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80 percent today.

    Donate $,1000

  5. ... could help cover the cost of the daily room rate of the ICU*

    The Intensive Care Unit at St. Jude has twice been recognized with the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. In 2009, the St. Jude ICU became Tennessee’s first ICU to win the honor.

    Donate Any Amount

  6. ... could help provide one CT scan for a St. Jude patient*

    St. Jude doctors use CT scans to provide much-needed answers about a child’s health. The CT scan combines computer and X-ray technology to take detailed pictures of areas inside the child’s body and is used throughout the treatment protocol to provide updates on progress.

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*Items listed here are representative of services and supplies that are part of the treatment and care of children at St. Jude. The cost of each item or service is an approximation and will vary based on actual costs incurred and individual patient needs. Your donation will be used for the general operating needs of St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing, or food.


Unlike other hospitals, St. Jude relies on generous donors for the majority of our funding.

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